Thursday, September 7, 2017

Mid-Coast Ferry to be named Northern Sea Wolf

The latest Greek acquisition by the BC Ferry Service will be re-named the Norther Sea Wolf, the result of a community engagement process with local First Nations, the Ferry Advisory Committee members, BC Ferries employees and the Mid-Coast Ferry Working Group.

In a statement from last week, Janet Carson, the Vice President for BC Ferries outlined how the name reflects the mid-coast service which will take customers into the heart of the province's Great Bear Rainforest.

“We engaged the community to select a name for the vessel that reflects the region and celebrates the cultural heritage of local First Nations,”  ... “We are pleased with their willingness to work together and come to consensus on the name. We are now preparing the Northern Sea Wolf to begin service next summer, which will support tourism to the mid-coast, taking customers directly into the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest.”

As we noted on the blog this Spring, BC Ferries took possession of the vessel which was formerly named Aqua Spirit in April of this year, it will replace the 44 year old Nimpkish in service to the Central coast communities.

The former Greek Ferry Aqua Star will be renamed the
Northern Sea Wolf as it prepares for service on
BC's Central Coast next summer

The latest addition to the BC Ferries fleet was built in 2000 and will accommodate a minimum of 35 vehicles and 150 passengers and crew.  It is anticipated that the Northern Sea Wolf will arrive in British Columbia this fall, it will then receive a number of upgrades leading up to its introduction into regular service in the summer of 2018.

The vessel will serve the route between Port Hardy and Bella Coola, sailing five days a week during the peak season.  Those looking to book passage on the Northern Sea Wolf can keep an eye on the BC Ferries reservations site, the reservation process will be available for booking in mid October.

More on the BC Ferries announcement can be reviewed here, while an overview of the return of Mid-Coast service can be examined here.

Further notes on Ferry transportation on the North and Central Coasts, as well as Haida Gwaii and Alaska can be found as part of our Transportation archive.

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