MV Queen of Coquitlam

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Name: Queen of Coquitlam
Namesake: Coquitlam, British Columbia
Owner: British Columbia Ferry Services Inc.
Operator: British Columbia Ferry Services Inc.
Route: Departure Bay - Horseshoe Bay
Ordered: March 1974[1]
Builder: Burrard Yarrows Ltd. of Vancouver, BC[2]
Cost: CAD$ 20 million[3]
Yard number: 219[1]
Launched: December 1975[1]
Completed: July 1976
In service: 1976
Refit: 2003
Homeport: Vancouver, BC
Status: in active service
General characteristics
Class and type: C class ferry[2]
Type: RORO ferry
Tonnage: 6503
Length: 139 m
Beam: 27.08 m
Draft: 5.331 m[1]
Decks: 3 car decks, 1 passenger deck, 1 sun deck
Installed power: 11,860 hp (8,840 kW)
Propulsion: Two MaK 12M551AK
Speed: 20.5 knots (38.0 km/h)
  • 1470 passengers
  • 362 cars[4]
  • 345.0 tonnes diesel fuel
Crew: 30

M/V Queen of Coquitlam is a C class vessel in the BC Ferries fleet, launched in 1976. She first operated on BC Ferries' Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay route. For most of her life, she has been a replacement/relief vessel on all the major routes serving the Greater Vancouver Regional District. She is named for the city of Coquitlam.

This ship has the distinction of being the only BC Ferries vessel to have issued a mayday from dry dock when, during a 1980 maintenance layover, she tipped over and landed on her side in the Burrard Shipyards drydock, causing approximately CAD $3 million in damage. In November 2002, she started a major rehabilitation that would extend her service life by another 20 years. The refurbishment, costing CAD $18 million, improved her passenger services with some minor work to her engineering. Additionally, over 100 tonnes of steel was either added or replaced, and four evacuation stations were installed.[2][6] She returned to service by June 2003.[7]

Upon return, the Queen of Coquitlam started regular service on Horseshoe Bay-Departure Bay route. The Queen of Oak Bay, which had a similar refit to the Coquitlam, displaced her from her route in the early Summer of 2005. She currently operates as a secondary vessel on Langdale - Horseshoe Bay in the summer, as well as a replacement vessel for any of the other C class or Super C class vessels when they are sent for refitting.


  • Length: 139.29 m (457 ft)
  • Beam (width): 27 m (89 ft)
  • Decks ASL: 6
  • Draught (depth): 6 m (20 ft)
  • Tonnage: 6,551.18
  • Engines: 2 x MaK 12M551AK 6,000 hp (4.5 MW) each maximum
  • Power 11,860 hp (8.84 MW)
  • Service Speed: 19 to 22 knots (35 to 41 km/h)
  • Cars: 362
  • Passengers: 1,466
  • Crew: 34
  • Route: Langdale-Horseshoe Bay (summer)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Cameron, Jeff. "Queen of Coquitlam". Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  2. ^ a b c BC Ferries: Queen of Coquitlam Retrieved on 9 February 2009
  3. ^ a b Hammersmark, John. "Queen of Coquitlam - BC Ferries". Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  4. ^ a b "CTA - Vessel: Queen Of Coquitlam". Canadian Transportation Agency. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  5. ^ "Queen Of Coquitlam — CZ8058". Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  6. ^ "More than a new look". BC Ferries. Retrieved 2010-01-26. 
  7. ^ "Vancouver Drydock to refit Queen of Coquitlam for BC Ferries.". Retrieved 2010-01-27. 

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