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BC Ferries’ new hybrid electric ships begin 10,300 nautical mile journey to their new home

How long does it take for two ferries to be hauled from Romania to British Columbia?

According to BC Ferries, it takes 40 to 45 days and that’s how long it’ll take the company’s two newest vessels to come from Europe.

The ships departed Constanta, Romania today on a semi-submersible vessel and will now make the 10,305 nautical mile journey across the ocean.

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To load the ships, the semi-submersible transport partially submerges, which allows the two ferries to be gently floated into place,” says a statement from BC Ferries.

“Once in position,the delivery vessel is refloated by pumping water out of its ballast tanks, the cargo secured and then it’s ready for departure.”

"Upon arrival in Canada, the opposite will happen to allow both vessels to float off before they’re transported by tugboat to the berths at Point Hope Maritime in Victoria.

You can follow along with the ship journey by clicking this link.

These battery-equipped ships are designed for full electric operation and are fitted with hybrid technology that bridges the gap until shore charging infrastructure becomes available.

Once they undergo their final inspection they will officially become owned by BC Ferries, who will deploy them on a pair of shorter and less popular routes by mid-2020.

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