MV Island Sky

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Island Sky approaching Saltery Bay.JPG
Name: Island Sky
Owner: British Columbia Ferry Services Inc.
Operator: British Columbia Ferry Services Inc.
Route: Earl's Cove-Saltery Bay
Designer: information needed please
Builder: Washington Marine Group Vancouver
Launched: 2008
Completed: December 10, 2008
In service: February 19, 2009
Status: in active service
General characteristics
Class and type: Intermediate class[1]
Type: RORO ferry
Displacement: 3397 tonnes
Length: 102 m
Installed power: 4,416 hp (3,293 kW)
Propulsion: Four Niigata 6L25HX
Speed: 15.5 knots (28.7 km/h)
  • 462 passengers & crew
  • 125 cars

MV Island Sky is an Intermediate Class vessel in the BC Ferries fleet built in 2008.

The Island Sky has operated on the Earl's Cove-Saltery Bay route since its first day of service for BC Ferries on February 19, 2009. However, it was used on the Powell River (Westview) - Little River (Comox) run as the replacement vessel for the Queen of Burnaby while the Burnaby was being refitted, and during the upgrades to both those terminals (October 2013 to March 2014). And the vessel was temporarily assigned to the Horseshoe Bay to Langdale route (March/April 2017), whilst the dock at Langdale was being upgraded.[2]

Design and Construction[edit]

The passenger section of this ship was built at the Washington Marine Group (WMG) shipyards in Esquimalt, while the engines and hull were assembled at WMG's North Vancouver (city) facility. The ship was built between 2006 and 2009, and was delivered almost 10 months later than contracted. Despite some problems delaying her transfer to BC Ferries, she has provided effective and reliable service to date.[3] The contract was fixed price, with penalties for delays, but BC Ferries was not fiscally responsible for any overruns. On December 10, 2008, BC Ferries formally accepted the vessel. [4]


Once in 2012 the ship lost power before docking, but power was restored quickly and docking was completed successfully.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "MV Island Sky". BC Ferries. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  2. ^ Eckford, Sean (March 23, 2017). "$6M pontoon arrives in Langdale, berth upgrade enters final phase". Coast Reporter. Retrieved 2017-04-08. 
  3. ^ Hammersmark, John. "Island Sky". Retrieved 28 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Hammersmark, John. "Island Sky". Retrieved 28 December 2013. 

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