K-class ferry

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MV Kulleet operating as the Albion Ferry in June 2009
Class overview
Name: K Class (K barge)
Operators: BC Ferries
Built: 1972-1975 and 2006 refit
Completed: 6
Active: 4
Retired: 2

The "K-Class" ferries (often referred to as 'K-barges', due to their hull type and size) are a group of similarly designed ferries operated by both BC Ferries and TransLink in British Columbia, Canada.

With the exception of MV Kuper, all of the listed K-class vessels were built for service in British Columbia's Ministry of Highways salt water inter-island ferry fleet which was absorbed by BC Ferries in 1985.

BC Ferries[edit]

MV Klitsa
(formerly MV Denman Queen)
Built: 1972, Vancouver, British Columbia
Length: 47.46 m (155'8")
Power: 600 hp
Service Speed: 9 knots
Gross Tonnage: 352.58
Car Capacity: 26
Passenger & Crew Capacity: 195
Route: Brentwood Bay ↔ Mill Bay
The Klitsa has been in BC Ferries maintenance facility, called Deas Dock, quite often during past years. It currently services the Brentwood Bay - Mill Bay route replacing the MV Mill Bay which went up for sale on February 24, 2011.


MV Kahloke
Built: 1973, Vancouver, British Columbia
Length: 54.75 m (179'6)
Power: 640 hp
Service Speed: 10 knots
Gross Tonnage: 466
Car Capacity: 30
Passenger & Crew Capacity: 200
Route: Denman Island ↔ Hornby Island
The Kahloke sometimes aided the Albion Ferries, owned by TransLink when one was out of service. This was not the first ferry named Kahloke to operate on the BC coast. The 1903 built Asbury Park served as Kahloke from 1952 to 1964 and was then renamed Langdale Queen.


MV Kwuna
Built: 1975, Victoria, British Columbia
Length: 71.64 m (235'4)
Power: 730 hp
Service Speed: 10 knots
Gross Tonnage: 347.49
Car Capacity: 26
Passenger & Crew Capacity: 154
Route: Skidegate ↔ Alliford Bay
The Kwuna is different from the other K-class. It has loading ramps attached to the vessel, not to land like the others. It docks at concrete boat-launch-like ramps, then lowers the vehicle ramp down to the ground.

The ferry Kuper arriving at Chemainus during its first week of service in 2006


MV Kuper[1]
(formerly MV John Atlantic Burr)
Built: 1985, Bullfrog, Utah
Rebuilt: 2006, Vancouver, British Columbia
Length: 52.21 m (171'3.5)
Power: 2 x 475 hp
Service Speed: TBA
Gross Tonnage: 648
Car Capacity: 32
Passenger & Crew Capacity: 269
Route: ChemainusThetis IslandPenelakut Island
The Kuper is the newest of the K-barges and started service in 2006.

The former MV John Atlantic Burr operated on Utah's Lake Powell as of early September 2005. The following winter, the vessel was cut into four sections, transported by truck to British Columbia, and reassembled as MV Kuper, with significant modification and enlargement. The ship cost US$ 200,000 and CA$$4.5 million to refit and enlarge, which was considered quite a savings compared to the cost of building a new vessel which was estimated at CA$$20 million.

TransLink[edit]


MV Kulleet
Built: 1972, Vancouver, British Columbia
Length: 47.46 m (155'8")
Power: 650 hp
Service Speed: 10 knots
Gross Tonnage: 355.04
Car Capacity: 26
Passenger & Crew Capacity: 150
Route: Albion ↔ Fort Langley (Defunct)


MV Klatawa
Built: 1972, Vancouver, British Columbia
Length: 47.46 m (155'8")
Power: 650 hp
Service Speed: 10 knots
Gross Tonnage: 347.58
Car Capacity: 26
Passenger & Crew Capacity: 150
Route: Albion ↔ Fort Langley (Defunct)


Both the Kulleet and the Klatawa were owned and operated by Metro Vancouver's Transportation Authority, TransLink, and they ran the Albion ↔ Fort Langley route on the Fraser River, between the Maple Ridge suburb of Albion on the North, to McMillan Island in Fort Langley, to the south. On July 31, 2009, the Albion Ferry shut down after the opening of the Golden Ears Bridge. The ferry had connected Maple Ridge and Langley via the Fraser River since 1957. The Kulleet and Klatawa were put into service in the 1980s.

The two Albion ferries have been sold for $400,000 - less than half of the original asking price of $1.1 million - TransLink has confirmed. The regional transportation authority said in a news release on December 30, 2011 that the MV Kulleet and MV Klatawa have been bought by Tidal Towing, a B.C.-based company.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MV Kuper". BC Ferries. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 

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