The sides of Salish Heron, a car-passenger ferry being built at the Remontowa Shipbuilding SA for BC Ferries, will be decorated with colourful herons by Maynard Johnny Jr.
The work was selected from 36 entries submitted by indigenous artists. The selection criteria included style and the ability to express the ship’s name through the artwork while making efficient use of the available space of the ship.
The depiction of the heron, the namesake of the Salish Heron ferry, is “a step towards raising awareness of Canada’s history and its indigenous peoples,” – said the project’s author at a ceremony at BC Ferries headquarters on Monday.
“Herons and my people once inhabited the area in what is now known as the town of Chemainus,” said Maynard Johnny Jr. “The majestic birds were once plentiful and provided the people guidance on where fish were in abundance. I have created a Salish Heron using traditional Salish design with contemporary colours that have become my signature as a Coast Salish artist. The design reflects the long beak and long neck of a Great Blue Heron, and it’s wing, tail feathers and talon. I wanted to create a Salish Heron that was fascinating to the viewer and was obvious to the eye yet kept a flow of design and colour.”
Maynard Johnny Jr. began his career when he was a teenager and has continued his independent artistic development ever since. His work can be seen in “Say it Ain’t So” and “Grey’s Anatomy” – a well-known American TV series depicting the adventures of surgeons.
Recall that the construction of the fourth “Salish” class ferry for the largest ferry operator in North America is carried out under a contract signed on November 1, 2019. The contract was legitimised on 20 December 2019, the burning of the first plates took place at the beginning of February 2020 and the launch in December.
In 2022, Salish Heron will replace the ferry Mayne Queen and will operate, in conjunction with the Queen of Cumberland, the Swartz Bay – Southern Gulf Islands line in the province of British Columbia in western Canada. Its home port will be Victoria.
Remontowa Shipbulding SA delivered the vessels in 2016-2017: Salish Orca, Salish Eagle and Salish Raven. These were the first ferries in the BC Ferries fleet with LNG propulsion and among the first with this type of fuel in North America. Thanks to the innovative propulsion, the ships emit up to 25 per cent less carbon dioxide, more than 85 per cent less sulphur oxides, 50 per cent less nitrogen oxides and 99 per cent less particulate matter compared to conventional marine fuel propulsion.
These are some of the most innovative ferries in the world in this class, entirely designed by Remontowa Marine Design & Consulting and built with numerous contributions from Remontowa Holding Group companies. These ferries can be bunkered directly from a wheeled LNG tanker, which for this purpose enters the enclosed inner deck of the vessel, making it possible to carry out this operation in harbours that do not have onshore infrastructure for storage and bunkering of blue fuel.