MV Skeena Queen
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MV Skeena Queen
|Name:||MV Skeena Queen|
|Builders:||Allied Shipbuilders Ltd., North Vancouver|
The MV Skeena Queenis a ferry built in 1997 and named after the Skeena River. It was intended to be part of a class of spartan, utilitarian ferries, in the "Century ferry class", designed by McLaren and Sons naval architects. In 1994 the 10 year plan of BC Ferries called for construction of three Century class ferries, to service the busier Gulf Island routes in British Columbia operated by BC Ferries. The name for the class was derived from the capacity, which is approximately 100 cars. However, the only ferry of the class actually built was the Skeena Queen. It runs solely on the Swartz Bay-Saltspring Island (at Fulford Harbour) route (except for a brief four-day trial on the Horseshoe Bay to Bowen Island run from April 23 to April 26, 1998).
There is some speculation as to why the other two vessels in the class were not built. The obvious reason is that the high speed ferry program consumed all available funds. Others point to the problems with the four owner selected main propulsion engines that plagued the Skeena Queen following commission, including excessively high noise levels and cylinder counterbore cracking in the high-speed engines. On April 15, 2002 Skeena Queen was removed from service and its four high-speed Mitsubishi S12R diesel engines were replaced with four Mitsubishi medium-speed engines, model S6U. The new engines were provided by Mitsubishi at a never disclosed price.
The Skeena Queen has the following characteristics:
- Overall length: 110.0 m
- Gross tonnage: 2,453
- Vehicle capacity: 100 spaces 17.5 feet long by 8.5 feet wide
- Passenger and crew capacity: 600
- Service Speed: 14.5 knots (16.7 mph; 26.9 km/h) at 3500 bhp
- Installed Power: 5,040 hp (3.8 MW)
The Skeena Queen has very little cabin space because the Century ferry class was intended to be used on short commuter runs of less than a half hour duration where most of the passengers stay in their vehicles. The Skeena Queen operates solely on the route between Swartz Bay and Fulford Harbour, which is a 20 minute crossing.
- Design overview from ship-technology.com
- Mitsubishi S12R-MPTK specifications
- Mitsubishi S6U-MPTK specifications