New $32-million SeaBus from Europe arrives in Vancouver (PHOTOS)

May 21 2019, 12:48 pm

A freight ship with a heavy lift crane sailed into the Port of Vancouver on Sunday with TransLink’s newest additional SeaBus ferry vessel as its precious cargo.

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Following a two-month-long journey from Damen Shipyards in the Netherlands, the Burrard Chinook arrived at the dock at Lynnterm East Gate in North Vancouver, just west of the Second Narrows Bridge.

Secured on the deck of the ship, the vessel made its way across the Atlantic Ocean, passed through the Panama Canal, and sailed northwards along the coast of the Americas to reach its final destination.


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The vessel, built at a cost of $32.2 million, will undergo commissioning and final trials over the coming weeks before it begins regular service later in the summer.

With the Burrard Chinook, TransLink will increase its peak hour SeaBus frequencies to every 10 minutes — up from the existing maximum frequency of every 15 minutes.

The other SeaBus vessels are the Burrard Otter (1976), Burrard Beaver (1976), Burrard Pacific Breeze (2009), and Burrard Otter II (2014). The first three vessels were built in BC shipyards, and the latter was built in Singapore.

While Burrard Otter has been retired, its original sister, the Burrard Beaver, has been retained as a spare vessel.

Each of these vessels can hold 385 seated passengers.

In 2018, the public transit authority recorded a total of 6.63 million boardings on SeaBus, with weekday boardings averaging at 19,690, Saturday boardings averaging at 17,020, and Sunday and holiday boardings averaging at 13,030. This is a year-over-year ridership increase of 4.5%, and its ridership level is equivalent to TransLink’s 11th busiest bus route.

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