BC Ferries annual vessel maintenance season is well underway and the company is
poised to spend $57 million in British Columbia with various marine service suppliers to support its
fleet during the current refit cycle this fiscal year.
Over the past decade, BC Ferries spent more than $1 billion at British Columbia shipyards,
equivalent to the value of building 10 new ships. BC Ferries sources local suppliers to complete
necessary upgrades on its fleet of 36 vessels including repairs, dry-docking, and life extension
projects. Shipyards including Vancouver Drydock (Seaspan), Point Hope Shipyard, Esquimalt
Drydock, Esquimalt Graving Dock and Allied Shipbuilders as well as BC Ferries own shipyard, the
Fleet Maintenance Unit (FMU) in Richmond, BC have all completed work for the ferry company.
“We’re serious about driving the BC marine economy, and the investment we make in the
province for marine services, repair and maintenance is quite substantial,” says Mark Collins,
BC Ferries’ President and CEO. “The $57 million will be spent on 17 vessels between September
2018 and March 2019, including contracts with Vancouver Drydock, Esquimalt Drydock and Point
Hope Shipyard in Victoria as well as at our own Fleet Maintenance Unit.”
BC Ferries’ FMU directly employs 150 skilled tradespeople. The facility contains a complex
of workshops engaged in skilled ship repair activities, such as machinery rebuilding, structural repairs
and lifesaving system recertification. FMU employees perform a critical role in helping to ensure
vessels provide safe and reliable service for coastal communities.
Other British Columbia-based ship repair services employed by BC Ferries include West
Coast Extraction Systems (cleaning and restoration), Meridian Marine (steel fabrication and
machinery), Wartsila Canada (machinery supply and rebuild), Kone (elevators and escalators),
Dynamic Engineering (marine power generation), Frontier Power (marine engines and power),
3GA Marine (naval architecture and engineering), Clark & Pattison (painting) and McRae
BC Ferries is a significant contributor to the BC economy. Including the refit work, the
company spends $200 million annually on ships, terminals and information technology
infrastructure in British Columbia and generates $100 million in annual government tax revenue.
This is in on top of the $4.4 billion in payroll and $1.4 billion in fuel procurement since 2003.
BC Ferries is committed to hiring locally and employs more than 5,100 British Columbians, many
in remote and rural communities.
Source: BC Ferries