Big new boat for BC Ferries the first of three new vessels



While nearby Washington State is having a sad scenario with its ferries, the boats across the border seem to be doing just fine. Yesterday, people in British Columbia saw the newest member of the BC Ferries fleet. Coastal Renaissance is the first of three new Super C-class ferries built in Germany.

Her arrival in Vancouver's Burrard Inlet created a buzz in the air, land and sea.

The 370-car ferry will sail between Departure Bay/Nanaimo and Horsehose Bay in West Vancouver in early spring. 
The second ferry will depart Germany in January 2008, arriving in BC in March. It will be on the Duke Point-Tsawwassen run. The last of the new trio will serve on the Swartz Bay-Tsawwassen route. All three are to be in service by summer.

The ferries are the largest double-ended ferries ever built, and are being painted with sports images to celebrate the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

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