4 old vessels being shopped around
Four aging B.C. Ferries will be a hard sell, the head of a worldwide ferry association said yesterday.
B.C. Ferries announced yesterday that four of its oldest vessels — the Queen of Tsawwassen, the Queen of Esquimalt, the Queen of Saanich and the Queen of Vancouver — are being sold as surplus as its new Super-C class ferries begin to come online. The corporation has apparently already received two offers for the Tsawwassen.
"It’s like selling old stuff out of your attic, it’s like a garage sale," said Len Roueche, CEO of Interferry.
"They’re really hard to sell. They’re very old vessels."
The vessels are between 45 and 48 years old — the Queen of Tsawwassen is one of B.C. Ferries original ships — and will likely be sold to a Caribbean or South American country, Roueche said.
The price for each vessel will likely be under $5 million, he added.
Deborah Marshall, a spokeswoman for B.C. Ferries, wouldn’t speculate on what price the vessels might fetch other than to say that market demand will dictate the price.
"They’re not in very good shape," said Capt. David Badior, President of Ships Officers with the B.C. Ferry and Marine Workers’ Union.
"To keep them certified at Canadian standards would have been prohibitively expensive."
If not for scrap, the vessels would likely be sold to a developing country, like the Philippines, where the ferries would be an upgrade to their existing fleet, he said.