The Burrard Otter II is scheduled to go into service this fall as the newest vessel in the SeaBus fleet, according to TransLink’s Buzzer Blog.
With a $22-million price tag attached, the Burrard Otter II will share its trips across the Burrard Inlet with the Burrard Pacific Breeze after it arrives in the Port of Metro Vancouver in July after being shipped from Singapore where the vessel was built.
The Burrard Otter II is expected to go into full service in the fall following further inspections and sea trials in Vancouver. It will replace the 1976-built MV Burrard Beaver, which will be used as a spare vessel, while the Burrard Otter will be retired from regular service.
The vessel has a passenger capacity of 395 and will experience a daily ridership of 16,600. Federal gas taxes funded $20-million of the project, while the remaining $2-million was provided by TransLink. It is part of TransLink’s SeaBus replacement project, which began with the 2009 addition of the MV Burrard Pacific Breeze.
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