MV Spirit of Vancouver Island

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Spirit of Vancouver Island
Spirit of Vancouver Island
Career (Canada)
Name: Spirit of Vancouver Island
Owner: British Columbia Ferry Services Inc.
Operator: British Columbia Ferry Services Inc.
Port of registry: Victoria, British Columbia
Route: Swartz Bay-Tsawwassen
Completed: 1994
Identification: IMO number: 9030682
Official number: 816503
Callsign: CFL2070
General characteristics
Class and type: S class ferry
Tonnage: 18,747.44
Length: 167.57 m
Installed power: 21,394hp
Propulsion: Four MAN-B&W 6L40/45
Speed: 19.5 knots
Capacity: 2,100 passengers & crew
470 cars

Spirit of Vancouver Island is an S class ferry, part of the BC Ferries fleet.


On September 14, 2000 the Spirit of Vancouver Island collided with the 9.72 m (about 32 ft) Star Ruby while attempting to overtake the vessel in a narrow channel. The collision occurred approximately 1 km (about ½ mi) from the Swartz Bay Terminal where the ferry had departed from. The Spirit of Vancouver Island struck the Star Ruby on its port side, causing the pleasure craft to flip over and eventually right itself, though swamped and heavily damaged. Two passengers aboard the Star Ruby later died as a result of their injuries sustained by the collision.

On July 13, 2003, the Spirit of Vancouver Island collided with the dock at Swartz Bay. Four passengers suffered minor injuries. The accident caused tens of thousands of dollars of damage to the dock and the ship.

On October 9, 2009, a standby generator on the Spirit of Vancouver Island caught fire on an early morning sailing out of Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal. No one was injured in the incident however it did cause massive delays in the ferry system because of the already large volume of traffic for Thanksgiving weekend. Eight sailings were cancelled that day and the ship remained out of service for the weekend, and on 12 October, BC Ferries announced that the Spirit of Vancouver Island will remain out of service through November, as the ship's refit has been moved ahead of schedule due to the fire.

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