MV Queen of Surrey
|Name:||Queen of Surrey|
|Port of registry:||Canada|
|Route:||Horseshoe Bay to Langdale|
|Completed:||1981, upgraded 2006|
|Class and type:|
|Length:||139.29 m (457 ft)|
|Beam:||27 m (89 ft)|
|Draft:||6 m (20 ft)|
|Installed power:||11,860 hp (8.84 MW)|
|Propulsion:||Two MaK 12M551AK|
|Speed:||19 to 22 knots (35 to 41 km/h)|
M/V Queen of Surrey is a double-ended C class roll-on/roll-off ferry in the BC Ferries fleet. The 139.29 m (457 ft) long, 6969 ton vessel has a capacity for 362 cars and over 1,500 passengers and crew. She normally operates on BC Ferries' Horseshoe Bay to Langdale route. She is named for the city of Surrey.
The vessel was ordered in May 1979, and constructed at Burrard Yarrows Corporation in North Vancouver, British Columbia at a cost of $29.0 million (US). She was launched in August 1980, and delivered to BC Ferries in April 1981.
Incidents and accidents
In October 1994, the Queen of Surrey crashed into the dock at Horseshoe Bay, causing $200,000 in damage.
On May 12, 2003, the vessel was disabled as a result of an engine room fire. The Queen of Capilano was dispatched and tethered to the Queen of Surrey while tugboats were dispatched. The vessel was then towed back to shore. None of the 318 passengers were injured, but several crew members were treated for minor injuries. Some buckling of the main car deck resulted from the heat of the fire. However, no vehicles were damaged in the incident. She returned to service on July 17, 2003.
On July 31, 2003, the vessel experienced a mechanical problem with one of its propellers. As a result, she was removed from service for emergency dry-docking to facilitate repairs, which took about five days.
On August 7, 2015, the vessel experienced mechanical issues and was removed from service for five days, causing heavy delays on the Horseshoe Bay to Langdale route.
The Queen of Surrey underwent a $40 million mid-life upgrade in early 2006 at the Washington Marine Group's Vancouver Drydock in North Vancouver. The project prepared the vessel for another 20 years of service with significant mechanical and safety improvements, as well as upgraded passenger amenities and the installation of new emergency evacuation equipment. Major work included steel replacement, electrical upgrades, and modernization of elevators, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. Remodelled and expanded areas included the gift shop, food service facilities, washrooms, and seating areas. She returned to service on June 27, 2006.
- BC Ferries Corporation (May 12, 2003). Engine-Room Fire on Queen of Surrey; Emergency Procedures Enacted. Press Release.
- BC Ferries Corporation (May 12, 2003). Queen of Surrey Towed to Langdale Following Engine Room Fire. Press Release.
- Canadian Transportation Safety Board report on Queen of Surrey engine fire
- BC Ferries Corporation (February 9, 2006). BC Ferries Responds to Transportation Safety Board Report on Queen of Surrey Fire. Press Release.
- BC Ferries Corporation (July 31, 2003). Queen of Surrey Temporarily Removed From Service. Press Release.
- BC Ferries Corporation (June 27, 2006). Queen of Surrey Ready for Service After $40 Million Upgrade. Press Release.