Vancouver Shipyards Wins $35-Million Contract To Overhaul Ferry

Vancouver Shipyards of North Vancouver, Canada, has been awarded a $35-million contract to install a new upper vehicle deck and re-engine the 4,903-gross-ton Queen of New Westminster, a ferry belonging to British Columbia Ferry Corporation.

The ferry will go into Vancouver Shipyards in the spring to have her two existing engines removed and replaced by four units to increase speed to 21 knots. New gearing and controllable pitch propellers will also be supplied. The hull will be fitted with sponsons, a modified stern, bulbous bow and a second bow thruster. This work is expected to be completed by June.

The vessel will return to the yard in November for the second phase which is expected to take three months to complete.

Vancouver Shipyards, which is equipped with a Syncrolift for vessels up to 90 meters (about 295 feet), repairs many of the tugs and barges employed in the forest products industry. For free literature on the facilities and capabilities of Vancouver Shipyards,

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