|The Coastal Class
Coastal Class ferries, also known as the "Super-C Class", are currently the largest double-ended ferries in the world. These vessels are owned and operated by BC Ferries of British Columbia,
Canada and were built at the Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft shipyard in Flensburg, Germany.
The three ferries (Coastal Renaissance, Coastal Inspiration, and Coastal Celebration) replace the aging V class ferries. They operate on the three busiest routes connecting the Lower Mainland
to Vancouver Island—Tsawwassen↔Swartz Bay, Tsawwassen↔Duke Point, and Horseshoe Bay↔Departure Bay.
The total purchase price of the three new ships was €206.4 million or approximately CAD $325 million at the time of the contract's announcement (September 2004). According to BC Ferries at
this time, this was 40 percent lower than the lowest Canadian shipyard's bid. Since that time, the Canadian dollar substantially increased vis-à-vis the euro. As of March 2006, due to exchange
rate fluctuations, the total translated purchase price dropped to CAD $290 million, an unanticipated savings of approximately $35 million in BC Ferries' favour.
There were 14 bids for construction in total, three from within Canada, and the remainder from elsewhere. The decision to build the ships outside of Canada was unpopular, particularly in BC.
There were parties who argued that the Federal government should have stepped in to ensure these new ferries would be built in Canada. Part of the argument was that for reasons of national
sovereignty, Canada needed to retain a domestic shipbuilding industry to service Royal Canadian Navy vessels. BC Ferries intended to request the Federal Government waive the 25 percent
import duties (there is no free trade agreement between Germany and Canada), but BC Ferries must show that West Coast shipyards are no longer capable of constructing a vessel the size of the
‘Coastal Class’ ferry. 
Another reason BC Ferries chose Flensburger's bid was that aside from taking the risk of construction cost overruns, Flensburger also provided guarantees on the ships' delivery dates and
For example, if the ships are not timely delivered to Victoria, BC, then BC Ferries was permitted to levy penalties of CAD $40,000 (€25,000) per day up to a maximum of $6 million. After delays of
180 days, BC Ferries could rescind the contract for a full refund. However, construction proceeded ahead of schedule at one point and was completed under budget.
Additional penalties were based on vessel performance. Had a vessel's service speed fallen short of her contract performance specifications, BC Ferries could levy a fine of CAD $160,000
(€100,000) per tenth of a knot below specifications. If the ferries had fallen one knot below specifications, BC Ferries could similarly cancel the contract for a full refund. However, as BC Ferries is
in dire needs of new ships to replace its ageing, single hulled V-class ferries, a problem increasingly in the media cross-hairs since the March 22, 2006 foundering of the MV Queen of the North, it
was unlikely the corporation would have cancelled any new ferry for being too late or too slow.
According to BC Ferries, none of the Canadian shipyards' bids provided similar guarantees. The cost certainty guarantee was a significant consideration for BC Ferries (especially since the recent
steel price increases) after being liable for cost overruns on the Pacificat fast ferries, which were partially responsible for toppling the New Democratic Party of British Columbia government in the
2001 provincial election.
BC Ferries also acquires the new vessels' design plans as part of the contract; BC Ferries does not hold title to the design, plans or drawings of the Spirit Class ferries.
Official Number Year Built 2007 Ship Name COASTAL RENAISSANCE Port of Registry VICTORIA
Gross Tonnage: Net Tonnage: Ship Length 525 feet Ship Breadth: 93 feet Ship Depth:19 feet Construction Material STEEL
Engine Description DIESEL Number of Engines 4 MaK 8M 32C diesel engines Propulsion Type SELF-PROPELLED Speed (knots) 21.0
Builder Name Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesselschaft, Germany
Official Number : 832381 Vessel Name : COASTAL INSPIRATION IMO Number : 9332767 : Year Built : 2008 Port of Registry : VICTORIA
General Statistics Gross Tonnage : 21777 t Net Tonnage : 7492 t Construction Type : WELDED Construction Material : STEEL
Vessel Length : 154.00 m Vessel Breadth : 28.20 m Vessel Depth : 8.09 m
Engine Description :DIESEL ELECTRIC Number of Engines : 4 Propulsion Type :SELF-PROPELLED Speed : 21.0 knots Propulsion Method : SCREW FWD AND AFT Propulsion
Power : 16000
Name : FLENSBURGER SCHIFFBAU-GESELLSCHAFT MBH & CO. KG
Official Number: 832800 Vessel Name: COASTAL CELEBRATION IMO Number: 9332779 Year Built: 2007
Port of Registry: VICTORIA Registry Date: 2008-07-07 Certificate Expires: 2011-07-31
Vessel Type: PASSENGER Gross Tonnage: 21777 t Net Tonnage: 7492 t Construction Type: WELDED
Construction Material: STEEL Vessel Length: 154.00 m Vessel Breadth: 28.20 m Vessel Depth: 8.09 m
Engine Description: DIESEL ELECTRIC Number of Engines: 4 Propulsion Type: SELF-PROPELLED Speed: 21.0 knots
Propulsion Method: SCREW FWD AND AFT Propulsion Power: 16000 Unit of Power: KILOWATTS
Name: FLENSBURGER SCHIFFBAU-GESELLSCHAFT MBH & CO. KG Address: FLENSBURG Country: GERMANY
Name: BRITISH COLUMBIA FERRY SERVICES INC.