On 5 October, BC Ferries issued a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEOI) for the procurement of five new major vessels.
- The competitive bidding process is open to all shipyards, including consortiums.
- Vessels to enter service in 2023.
- To replace QUEEN OF ALBERNI, QUEEN OF NEW WESTMINSTER, QUEEN OF COWICHAN, and QUEEN OF COQUITLAM. Plus an additional vessel to address forecasted increases in traffic in the coming years, and to build resiliency in the fleet.
- Focus on ecology.
- After RFEOI the next step will be a Request for Pre-Qualification, followed by a Request for Proposals.