As long as the elderly N.I.P. stays functional, there's little need to rush things.
Well yes, but also no. While the NIP might be perfectly fine to operate for another few months, the deciding factor comes down to how long her licenses and certifications are valid. For example, I know one of the Howe Sound Queen’s certifications expired within days of her retirement, I imagine it’s a similar case for the NIP.
Also, considering the amount of money BCFS is hemorrhaging right now due to the pandemic, keeping the NIP in service while 2 new vessels wait in the wings is probably the last thing they want. On the other hand, they could keep the Quadra Queen II running Route 25 for the time being if they so wished, but again I doubt they would.