It will also be interesting to see what her interior will be like what kind of Modifications they do to her!
I have no substantiantion for this... however, I assume it will be interior cosmetic work, the Coastal Interior stuff that's done here. I say that because a lot of the mechanical stuff has already started in Europe.
Even though these pics might seem like they're showing her being worked-on for BCFS because the date is noted as "17th October 2006," I think that's probably only the upload-date of the pic. Correct me if I'm wrong; it's difficult to tell if this is her being stripped-down for BCFS colours, or is, as the caption for the first pic implies, when she was originally built...
B.C. shipyard wins contract to retrofit Northern replacement vessel Victoria Shipyards starts work on $9 million contract next month
VICTORIA, Nov. 1 /CNW/ - BC Ferries announced today that Victoria Shipyards has been awarded the contract to perform major modification work on the replacement vessel for the Queen of the North. In capturing the $9 million contract, Victoria Shipyards was successful over three highly-qualified international yards. BC Ferries evaluated the bids in accordance with the process specified in the bid documents. Key criteria included the schedule, project plan, contract terms, technical competency and overall price. "BC Ferries is very pleased that Victoria Shipyards was the successful bidder on this project," said David L. Hahn, BC Ferries' President and CEO. "We look forward to the arrival of the vessel in Canadian waters, which will take us another major step closer to restoring full service to our Northern routes next summer." The vessel, currently named MV Sonia, is being painted in Greece and preparations for its transatlantic crossing are well underway, including engine modifications to enable the use of cleaner-burning marine diesel fuel. On November 15, 2006, a crew of BC Ferries' employees is scheduled to sail the ship from Greece to British Columbia. En route, she will travel through the Panama Canal and is expected to arrive at Victoria Shipyards in mid-December. The modifications that Victoria Shipyards will undertake include: << - Updating safety and security equipment - Modifying the stern ramp to be compatible with BC Ferries' berths - Upgrading electrical, heating and lighting systems - Expanding, upgrading and reconfiguring the gift shop, galley, passenger food amenities and crew common areas >> The vessel will be renamed and reflagged as a Canadian vessel. It will enter service on BC Ferries' Port Hardy - Prince Rupert - Queen Charlotte Island routes in April 2007.
For further information: Media Contact: BC Ferries, Communications, Victoria: (250) 978-1267; Customer Contact
Post by Koastal Karl on Nov 1, 2006 20:44:42 GMT -8
yay, she will be in Victoria. I am assuimg Victoria Shipyards is the Esquimalt Drydock. We might have some of the first photos of her here as I dont live to far away from there so I can see her pretty much every day. This will be cool!
I don't know if anyone mentioned it yet, but it does appear that the big round windows on the front, aren't actually windows at all. They are "viewing holes" for the outside deck part of the ship. It doesn't look like there will be any great interior viewing areas.