North Route Ferries
Northern Adventure
Official Number 831074  Year Built 2004 Ship Name NORTHERN ADVENTURE
Former Name: SONIA Port of Registry VICTORIA IMO Number 9257735
General Statistics
Gross Tonnage 9,844.00 t Net Tonnage 3,782.00 t Ship Length 111.68 m Construction Material STEEL Ship Breadth 20.00 m Ship Depth 12.20 m
Engine Description DIESEL Number of Engines 2 Propulsion Type SELF-PROPELLEDSpeed (knots) 19.0 Propulsion Method TWIN SCREW Propulsion Power
From Wikipedia:
M/V Northern Adventure is a RORO ferry operated by BC Ferries. It sails two routes: the scenic Inside Passage route between Port Hardy and Prince Rupert
and the Queen Charlotte Island crossing between Prince Rupert and Skidegate.
Construction on the ship began in Greece in 2001. Due to unspecified delays during construction of the hull, work was delayed, and construction was not
completed until June 2004. The ship was first chartered by the Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago to run the route between Port of Spain, Trinidad, and
Scarborough, Tobago. Ship operations were managed by International Shipping Partners.[3] The ferry then operated out of Barcelona before being purchased
by BC Ferries in a deal worth €35.7 million, or $50.6 million CAD
The ship was painted in BC Ferries livery and sailed from Greece to Victoria, BC via the Panama Canal. The vessel arrived at the Victoria shipyards on
December 18, 2006, where it underwent an $18-million refit and interior upgrade that finished in March 2007.
Upon entering service the
Northern Adventure initially replaced the Queen of the North, which sank in March 2006, on the Inside Passage route. However,
when the Northern Expedition entered service in early 2009 the
Queen of Prince Rupert was decommissioned and the Northern Adventure was reassigned to
replace the QPR and its Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) duties.
Northern Expedition
Official Number : 833401 Vessel Name :NORTHERN EXPEDITION Former Name : IMO Number : 9408413 Hull Number : Year Built : 2009 Year Rebuilt
Port of Registry :VICTORIA Registry Date : 2009-03-10 Certificate Expires : 2012-03-31
General Statistics
Vessel Type :PASSENGER Gross Tonnage :17729 t Net Tonnage : 5318 t Construction Type : WELDED Construction Material : STEEL Vessel Length : 142.70 m
Vessel Breadth : 23.00 m Vessel Depth : 7.55 m
Engine Description :DIESEL Number of Engines :2 Propulsion Type : SELF-PROPELLED Speed : 20.0 knots Propulsion Method : SINGLE SCREW Propulsion
Power : 9000 Unit of Power :KILOWATTS
From Wikipedia:
Northern Expedition is a RORO ferry operated by BC Ferries in British Columbia, Canada. It sails daily on the Inside Passage route connecting Prince
Rupert and Port Hardy.
On August 18, 2006 BC Ferries awarded the contract to build a replacement vessel for the
Queen of Prince Rupert to Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft
shipyard in Flensburg, Germany (the same shipyard awarded the contract for the 3 new Coastal class ferries). Shortly thereafter it was determined that the
new ship would be named the
Northern Expedition and that BC Ferries' other northern vessel (the recently purchased Sonia, the replacement for the sunken
Queen of the North) would be named the Northern Adventure.
The keel of the vessel was laid on June 16, 2008 and it was launched on September 25, 2008. Sea trials took place at Baltic Sea east from Danish island
Bornholm between January 7–9, 2009. The vessel left Germany on January 30, 2009 bound for B.C. via the Panama Canal. The
Northern Expedition
completed its 9,900 nautical mile journey on March 6, 2009, passing Victoria and Vancouver before arriving in Departure Bay at Nanaimo for post-voyage
Northern Expedition entered service on May 18, 2009 along the Inside Passage route between Prince Rupert and Port Hardy. It joined the Northern
in BC Ferries' northern fleet and allowed for the retirement of the Queen of Prince Rupert.
Photo courtesy of Mike Bonkowski