MV Quinsam

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Name: Quinsam
Namesake: Quinsam River
Owner: Ministry of Transportation and Highways (1982-1985), BC Ferries (1985-present)
Operator: Ministry of Transportation and Highways (1982-1985), BC Ferries (1985-present)
Route: 1982-present: Nanaimo HarbourGabriola Island
Builder: Vancouver Shipyards
Completed: 1982
In service: 1982
Refit: 2010
Notes: Transferred to BC Ferries in 1985
General characteristics
Class and type: unclassified
Type: ferry
Tonnage: 1458.59
Displacement: 1431 tonnes
Length: 86.85 m (284.9 ft)
Beam: 21.24 m (69.7 ft)
Installed power: 2,601 hp (1,940 kW)
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h)
  • 400 passengers
  • 70 cars
Crew: 7
Notes: Sources:[1][2]

The MV Quinsam is an automobile ferry operated by BC Ferries. It was built in 1982 by Vancouver Shipyards in Vancouver, British Columbia. The ferry was originally part of the Ministry of Transportation and Highways' (MoT) saltwater ferry fleet until 1985, when the MoT's saltwater ferries—including Quinsam—were transferred to BC Ferries.[1]

Quinsam carries 70 cars and replaced the smaller MV Quinitsa (which carries fifty cars) on the NanaimoGabriola Island route. This is the first and only route that Quinsam has served throughout her career.[1]

Quinsam has few passenger amenities on board. On each side of the car deck, there are small passenger lounges where there is some seating, as well as washrooms and vending machines.[1] In 2010, she underwent a $16 million mid-life upgrade where she received new engines and generators, a rebuilt pilothouse and passenger cabin, as well as steel replacement.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d Hammersmark, John. "Quinsam - BC Ferries". Retrieved 12 June 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "What is Onboard: Quinsam". BC Ferries. British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. Retrieved 12 June 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "MV QUINSAM RETURNS TO SERVICE AFTER $16 MILLION UPGRADE" (PDF) (Press release). Victoria, British Columbia: British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. 17 May 2010. Retrieved 2013-06-12. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)