MV Coastal Inspiration

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Ferry Coastal Inspiration in Strait of Georgia.jpg
Coastal Inspiration in the Strait of Georgia on June 25, 2008.
History
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Name: M/V Coastal Inspiration
Operator: BC Ferries
Port of registry: Victoria
Route: Duke Point-Tsawwassen
Awarded: September 17, 2004
Builder: Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft
Yard number: 734
Laid down: April 23, 2007
Launched: August 31, 2007
In service: June 16, 2008
Homeport: Duke Point
Identification:
General characteristics
Class and type: Coastal Class
Tonnage: 1,770 t (Deadweight)
Displacement: 10,034 t (9,876 long tons; 11,061 short tons) (max)
Length: 160 m (524 ft 11 14 in)
Beam: 28.2 m (92 ft 6 14 in)
Draft: 5.75 m (18 ft 10 38 in)
Propulsion: Four MaK 8M32C diesel engines [1]
Speed: 21 knots (24 mph; 39 km/h)
Capacity:
  • 1,650 passengers
  • 370 vehicles

M/V Coastal Inspiration is the second of three Coastal Class ships delivered to BC Ferries. Amenities include a Coastal Cafe, Coast Cafe Express, Passages gift shop, coffee bar, SeaWest Lounge, Kid Zone play areas, arcade, business work stations, a conference room, and staterooms. The Coastal Inspiration (along with the Coastal Renaissance) are equipped with 'future galleys' which at this point in time are little more than empty rooms. At some point in the future, BC Ferries may elect to outfit this space as a complete galley and open a buffet style restaurant (a service currently available on the two Spirit-Class vessels). The third Coastal Class vessel, the Coastal Celebration is fitted with the full buffet and this second galley.

Due to the Coastal-class vessel's ability to carry a large quantity of overheight vehicles, BC Ferries has decided to operate the Coastal Inspiration on the Duke Point-Tsawwassen route.

Coastal Inspiration was launched on August 31, 2007 and departed Flensburg on February 9, 2008, transited the Panama Canal on March 7, 2008, and arrived in Nanaimo, British Columbia at Departure Bay on March 25, 2008.

Coastal Inspiration began regular service on June 16, 2008, the vessel having made unscheduled training runs during the week leading up to this date.

On December 20, 2011, Coastal Inspiration experienced a hard landing upon arrival at Duke Point terminal. The terminal berth sustained significant damage and the vessel’s port side doors were also damaged. The terminal required extensive repairs and its closure rerouted all service through Departure Bay.[2] Repairs to the boat were completed in January 2012, and the terminal reopened in May 2012[3]

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