MV Northern Adventure

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M/V Northern Adventure
Flag of the Bahamas.svgBahamas
Name: M/V Sonia (Adamantios Korais during construction)
Owner: Tomasos Transporto & Tourism (TTT Lines) Naples, Italy
Operator: International Shipping Partners
Port of registry: Nassau
Route: Port of Spain, Trinidad, and Scarborough, Tobago
Builder: Atsalakis Yards Perama, Greece
Launched: June 2004
Acquired: 26 July 2004
Identification:IMO number9257735
Fate: Sold to BC Ferries for 35.7 million, or $50.6 million CAD.
Flag of Canada.svgCanada
Name: M/V Northern Adventure
Owner: BC Ferries
Port of registry: Victoria
Route: Inside Passage route between Port Hardy and Prince Rupert, British Columbia
Acquired: 2006
In service: March 31, 2007 to the present
Out of service: December 18, 2006 to March 2007 ($18-million refit and interior upgrade)
General characteristics [1][2]
Class and type: RORO ferry
Tonnage: 9,925 GT
Displacement: 5,983
Length: 117 m
Beam: 20.0 m
Draft: 4.7 m
Propulsion: Two MaK 16M32C
Speed: 20.3 knots
  • Passengers:
  • 600
  • 74 staterooms
  • Vehicles
  • 101 cars

M/V Northern Adventure is a roll-on/roll-off (RORO) ferry operated by BC Ferries. She sails two routes: the scenic Inside Passage route between Port Hardy and Prince Rupert and the Haida Gwaii crossing between Prince Rupert and Skidegate.


Construction on the ship began in Greece in 2001. Because of unspecified delays during construction of the hull, work was delayed, and construction was not completed until June 2004. The ship was first chartered by the Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago to run the route between Port of Spain, Trinidad, and Scarborough, Tobago. Ship operations were managed by International Shipping Partners.[3] The ferry then operated out of Barcelona before being purchased by BC Ferries in a deal worth 35.7 million, or $50.6 million CAD

The ship was painted in BC Ferries livery and sailed from Greece to Victoria, BC via the Panama Canal.[4] The vessel arrived at the Victoria shipyards on 18 December 2006, where she underwent an $18-million refit and interior upgrade that finished in March 2007.[5][6]

BC Ferries Service[edit]

Upon entering service Northern Adventure initially replaced Queen of the North, which sank in March 2006, on the Inside Passage route. However, when Northern Expedition entered service in early 2009, Queen of Prince Rupert was decommissioned and Northern Adventure was reassigned to replace Queen of Prince Rupert and her Haida Gwaii duties.[7]


  1. ^ "Northern Adventure profile from BC ferries". Retrieved 2009-06-01.
  2. ^ "WestCoastFerries Northern Adventure profile". Retrieved 2009-06-01.
  3. ^ "International Shipping Partners Sonia page". 2007-03-18. Archived from the original on 2006-10-22.
  4. ^ "BC Ferries: SoniaWatch". 2006-12-20.
  5. ^ "CBC: BC Ferries finalizes replacement for Queen of the North". CBC News. 2006-09-18.
  6. ^ "CBC: Public views replacement ship for sunken B.C. ferry". CBC News. 2007-03-18.
  7. ^ "Queen of Prince Rupert Officially Retired from BC Ferries' Fleet" (PDF). 2009-04-20. p. 1. Retrieved 2009-05-21.
Preceded by
MV Queen of the North
BC Ferries northern flagship
(with MV Northern Expedition)
Succeeded by