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Van der Leun received the order for 2 Damen DRFE 8117 ferries, for British Columbia (BCF)

Both will be designed with Hybrid Propulsion systems. Van der Leun will deliver (besides switchboards) also the complete Sperry Marine NAVCOM equipment & Propulsion System.

BC Ferries operates 24 ferry routes along the coast of British Columbia, Canada. The new vessels will be able to cover many of the company’s routes to the Northern and Southern Gulf Islands off the coast of Vancouver.
Part of a fleet renewal program, the new ferries will replace the 59-year old North Island Princess and the 53-year old Quadra Queen II.

Damen initially submitted its vessel designs to BC Ferries in March 2016 in response to a Request for Expressions of Interest that the Canadian company issued to the international shipbuilding industry. Damen was selected as the subsequent winner of this highly competitive tender process.

Both vessels will be constructed at Damen Shipyards Galati in Romania and are expected to enter service in 2020. The 81-metre long design will have the capacity to carry approximately 44 vehicles and up to 300 passengers and crew.