After the retrofit, the Northern Sea Wolf, a 17-year-old vessel, will accommodate approximately 3,500 passengers and 1,200 vehicles each year on a route between Port Hardy and Bella Coola.
Vancouver (02 Jan. 2018) — Members of the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU/NUPGE) employed at the Esquimalt Drydock Company will begin work on a B.C. Ferries contract worth $20 million to refit the Northern Sea Wolf. The 17-year-old vessel will accommodate approximately 3,500 passengers and 1,200 vehicles each year on a route between Port Hardy and Bella Coola.
BCGEU/NUPGE members at Esquimalt Drydock have extensive experience in ship repair as welders, mechanics, labourers, painters and electricians. Working alongside trades people hired by B.C. Ferries, BCGEU/NUPGE members completed a mid-life upgrade of the Queen of Cumberland in 2016 which now services the Southern Gulf Islands.
The BCGEU/NUPGE congratulates its members on this great success, and thank them for their hard work to make B.C. ferries safer, and more comfortable for the traveling public.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 370,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. — NUPGE