By Alex Rinfret-The new northern ferry will be sailing into Skidegate before the end of the month to check out the newly-widened dock here, says BC Ferries spokesperson Deborah Marshall.
The Northern Adventure is currently in Victoria finishing off its refit, she said, and crew members are undergoing training.
“We’re all getting very excited,” she said.
The new ferry will head north, probably in the third week of March, for dock trials at the terminals in Port Hardy, Bella Bella, Prince Rupert and Skidegate.
Once BC Ferries is sure that the vessel and the docks fit together properly, it will be sending the Northern Adventure on a tour of the northern route and holding open houses to allow residents to check it out.
The new ferry is scheduled to begin working April 1, at which point the Queen of Prince Rupert will be going down south for a refit.
Meanwhile, BC Ferries will mark the one-year anniversary of the sinking of the Queen of the North March 22 with a simple internal ceremony for employees only, Ms Marshall said. All staff will be observing a fleet-wide moment of silence on that date.
BC Ferries will also be helping the families of the two passengers who are still missing and presumed drowned, Shirley Rosette and Gerald Foisy. The families will be visiting Hartley Bay and the site of the sinking on March 24 by water taxi, she said.
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