TransLink’s New $32.2 Million SeaBus Will Be In Service Late This Summer

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On Thursday, TransLink announced the name of the latest addition to their SeaBus fleet.

Dubbed the Burrard Chinook, the new $32.2 million vessel was “christened” in the Netherlands this January and will soon be making its way to Metro Vancouver.

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“The Chinook name is a tribute to the largest and most iconic of the Pacific salmon species” reads a statement on TransLink’s website.

“The Chinook salmon has played a central role in life on the west coast of British Columbia for generations”.

New SeaBus Vessel

Once the new vessel is in service, customers will benefit from “increased frequencies and sailings every 10 minutes during peak times”. Outside of more sailings, there doesn’t appear to be any further major upgrades.

This latest vessel will be the fifth SeaBus to join the fleet. When deciding on the vessel’s name, it needed to:

  • Meet Transport Canada’s regulations for marine vessels;
  • be consistent with the existing marine life theme;
  • be easy to say and understand over the radio transmission; and
  • be an appropriate length for displaying on the SeaBus and emergency equipment like lifejackets.

Funded through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF), the vessel was paid by the Government of Canada (50%), the Province of British Columbia (33%) and TransLink (17%).

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