MV Spirit of Vancouver Island
Spirit of Vancouver Island
|Name:||Spirit of Vancouver Island|
|Owner:||British Columbia Ferry Services Inc.|
|Operator:||British Columbia Ferry Services Inc.|
|Port of registry:||Victoria, British Columbia|
|Builder:||Integrated Ferry, Esquimalt, British Columbia|
|General characteristics as built|
|Class and type:||S-class ferry|
|Beam:||32.9 m (107 ft 11 in)|
|Installed power:||21,394 hp (15,954 kW)|
|Propulsion:||4 × MAN 6L40/54 diesel engines|
|Speed:||19.5 knots (36.1 km/h; 22.4 mph)|
Spirit of Vancouver Island is an S-class ferry, part of the BC Ferries fleet. Along with MV Spirit of British Columbia, the ship is the largest in the BC Ferries fleet. The ship was completed in 1994 and serves the Swartz Bay–Tsawwassen route. In 2018, Spirit of Vancouver Island began a mid-life refit in Poland, in which the ship will be converted to a dual-fuel system which will allow liquefied natural gas propulsion.
Spirit of Vancouver Island is an S-class roll on/roll off ferry that is 167.5 m (549 ft 6 in) long overall and 156.0 m (511 ft 10 in) between perpendiculars with a beam of 32.9 m (107 ft 11 in). The vessel has a displacement of 11,681 tonnes (11,497 long tons; 12,876 short tons), an initial 18,747 gross tonnage (GT) and 2,925 tons deadweight (DWT). The gross tonnage later increased to 21,935 as of 2018.
The vessel was initially powered by four MAN 6L40/54 diesel engines driving two shafts creating 21,394 horsepower (15,954 kW). Spirit of Vancouver Island has a maximum speed of 19.5 knots (36.1 km/h; 22.4 mph). In 2018, the ferry began a mid-life refit that involved changing the propulsion system to a dual-fuel system comprising four Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel engines which allows the ship to use either marine diesel oil or liquefied natural gas to power the ship. Further changes include navigation and propulsion equipment, steering and evacuation systems, lighting and air conditioning. Passenger areas were upgraded including the lounges, bathrooms and retail areas.
The ferry has capacity for 2,100 passengers and crew and 358 automobiles. The ferry is equipped with lounges and cafes.
Spirit of Vancouver Island was constructed in two parts in British Columbia. The ferry's forepart was built by Allied Shipbuilders of North Vancouver with the yard number 255. The rest of the ship was constructed by Integrated Ferry of Esquimalt, British Columbia with the yard number 560. The two sections were joined and the vessel was completed in February 1994. Owned and operated by British Columbia Ferry Services Inc., Spirit of Vancouver was assigned to the Swartz Bay–Tsawwassen route.
On September 14, 2000, Spirit of Vancouver Island collided with the 9.72-metre (31.9 ft) Star Ruby while attempting to overtake the vessel in a narrow channel. The collision occurred approximately 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) from the Swartz Bay Terminal where the ferry had departed from. Spirit of Vancouver Island struck Star Ruby on her port side, causing the pleasure craft to flip over and eventually right itself, though swamped and heavily damaged. According to the accident report, the pleasure craft ignored all warning blasts from the approaching ferry and then made a sharp turn towards the ferry just prior to impact. Two passengers aboard Star Ruby later died as a result of their injuries sustained by the collision. On July 13, 2003, Spirit of Vancouver Island collided with the dock at Swartz Bay. Four passengers suffered minor injuries. The accident caused tens of thousands of dollars of damage to the dock and the ship.
From 2005 to 2006, the S-class ferries underwent major refits. On October 9, 2009, a standby generator on Spirit of Vancouver Island caught fire on an early morning sailing out of Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal. No one was injured in the incident; however, it did cause significant delays in the ferry system because of the already large volume of traffic for Thanksgiving weekend. Eight sailings were cancelled that day and the ship remained out of service for the weekend, and on October 12, BC Ferries announced that Spirit of Vancouver Island would remain out of service through November, as the ship's refit had been moved ahead of schedule due to the fire.
On August 27, 2017, the ferry rescued six people off Mayne Island. In March 2018, Spirit of Vancouver Island was temporarily withdrawn from service after a serious mechanical issue with its portside propeller. On September 14, 2018, Spirit of Vancouver Island sailed for Remontowa Ship Repair Yard in Gdansk, Poland, to undergo conversion to a dual-fuel system.
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