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New ferry arrives in BC

The Northern Expedition, the new ferry for the Prince Rupert-Port Hardy route, has arrived in BC and is now berthed at the Departure Bay terminal in Nanaimo for post-voyage inspections.Built in Germany for $133-million, the new ferry has 55 staterooms and can carry 600 passengers and 130 vehicles. It is a single-ended roll-on-roll-off vessel with a service speed of 20.5 knots. The Northern Expedition will be sailing to Prince Rupert in about three weeks for crew training and will start running on its route in mid-May.