MV Queen of Nanaimo

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Queen of Nanaimo
Name: Queen of Nanaimo
Owner: British Columbia Ferry Services Inc.
Operator: British Columbia Ferry Services Inc.
Port of registry: Victoria, British Columbia
Route: Tsawwassen-Gulf Islands
Completed: 1964
Decommissioned: 2017
Out of service: 2017
General characteristics
Class and type: Burnaby-class ferry
Displacement: 4,542 tonnes
Length: 129.97 m (426 ft 5 in)
Beam: 23.93 m (78 ft 6 in)
Draft: 4.03 m (13 ft 3 in)
Installed power: 6,000 bhp (4,500 kW)
Propulsion: 2×Mirrlees National KVSSM twin turbo V16 diesel
Speed: 16.5 knots (30.6 km/h; 19.0 mph)
  • 1,163 passengers & crew
  • 192 cars

MV Queen of Nanaimo was a Burnaby-class passenger vessel operated by BC Ferries.

The ship was built in 1964 by Victoria Machinery Depot. In 1974 the ship was rebuilt and extended 25 metres (82 ft 0 in) in length. It operated on the Tsawwassen-Gulf Islands route web. In 2006 there was a major overhaul of passenger areas. Its propulsion is by two Mirrlees National KVSSM twin turbocharged (intercooled) single acting 4-stroke, V16 diesel engines which produce 3,000 bhp (2,200 kW) at 320 rpm. 15 inch bore by 18-inch (460 mm) stroke. Propellers are variable pitch (controllable-pitch propeller) made by KaMeWa (a Rolls Royce company).

On August 3, 2010 Queen of Nanaimo had a "hard landing" at the Village Bay terminal ferry on Mayne Island. Media reports suggest at least one serious injury, and damage to vessel and dock.[1] It was later established that it was caused by a mechanical failure after the ship ran over a commercial crab trap, making it impossible to put the ship into reverse.[2]

On July 1, 2011, Queen of Nanaimo had another "hard landing" at the Tsawwassen terminal.[3]

On November 2, 2013, the ship was pushed off course at Mayne Island after hitting severe weather. It damaged a private dock, and no one was injured.[4]

The vessel was retired on September 12, 2017. The vessel has been sold and will be utilized in Fiji as the Lomaiviti Princess V.[5]

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