New B.C. ferry arrives in B.C

BC Ferries' new northern ferry, the Northern Expedition, arrived Friday in B.C.

The new ferry departed Flensburg, Germany on Jan. 30 and travelled over 9,900 nautical miles via the Panama Canal to Canada, BC Ferries said in a press release.

After it sailed past Stanley Park and Lions Gate Bridge in Vancouver, the vessel traveled to BC Ferries' Departure Bay terminal in Nanaimo for tie up.

The Northern Expedition will berth at Departure Bay for approximately three weeks for post-voyage inspections and formal transfer of ownership from FSG Shipyards to BC Ferries.

The new ship will then proceed to Prince Rupert for crew training and familiarization prior to entering service on the Port Hardy - Prince Rupert run in mid May.

The ferry is a replacement for northern coastal routes previously served by the Queen of the North, which sank in March 2006 after going off course from Prince Rupert to Port Hardy.

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