S-class ferry

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Spirit of British Columbia
Class overview
Operators: BC Ferries
Preceded by: Victoria Class, Cowichan Class
Built: 1992 to 1994
In service: 1993 to present
Building: 2
Completed: 2
Active: 2
General characteristics [1][2]
Type: S class ferry
Displacement: 11,681 tonnes
Length: 167 m (547 ft 11 in)
Installed power: 21,394 hp (16 MW)
Propulsion: Four MAN-B&W 6L 40/54
Speed: 19.5-knot (36.1 km/h)
  • 2,100 passengers and crew
  • 470 vehicles

S-Class ferries (also known as Spirit Class ferries or Super ferries) are RORO ferries operated by BC Ferries in British Columbia, Canada. They are the largest ferries in the BC Ferries fleet.[3]


There are two Spirit Class Ferries — Spirit of British Columbia (built 1993)[1] and Spirit of Vancouver Island (built 1994).[2] The vessels are largely the same in layout and characteristics and both ferries were built (using the same method) in separate parts by a variety of different shipbuilders.

The 200 ft. bow hull pieces were built at Allied Shipbuilders in North Vancouver, while the 340 ft. stern hull pieces were built at Yarrows Ltd. in Victoria. The pieces were joined in Esquimalt before being towed to Fraser Surrey Docks. There they were joined with the superstructure, which had been constructed in 3 pieces along the Fraser River in Delta. Once the superstructure was complete the ships were returned to Esquimalt for finishing touches. Each ship cost roughly $130 million and took two or three years to complete.[3][4]

Spirit of British Columbia underwent extensive internal renovations in 2005 costing roughly $14 million. In January 2006, similar renovations on Spirit of Vancouver Island were completed.[3][4]


The vessels operate exclusively on the Highway 17 (Swartz Bay-Tsawwassen) route. Spirit of British Columbia is based at Tsawwassen,[3] while Spirit of Vancouver Island is based at Swartz Bay.[4] The ferries make 4 round trips between Vancouver Island and mainland BC per day.[3][4]


  1. ^ a b "Spirit of British Columbia profile from BC ferries". Retrieved 2012-06-20. 
  2. ^ a b "Spirit of Vancouver Island profile from BC ferries". Retrieved 2012-06-20. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Spirit of British Columbia profile from westcoastferries.ca". Retrieved 2012-06-20. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Spirit of Vancouver Island profile from westcoastferries.ca". Retrieved 2012-06-20. 
Preceded by
V Class ferries
BC Ferries Mainland-Island Flagship
1993 - 1999
Succeeded by
PacifiCat Series
Preceded by
PacifiCat Series
BC Ferries Mainland-Island Flagship
2000 - Present
Succeeded by