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Burrard Otter II arrives in B.C. waters

Hey Buzzer readers,

As you know, the Burrard Otter II SeaBus arrived a couple of weeks ago after its long journey! Once it arrived, the next step was to unload the vessel off the BBC Vesuvius cargo ship and into B.C. waters.

The BBC Vesuvius docked at the Lynnterm Terminal in North Vancouver on July 31. The team at Western Stevedoring rigged the Burrard Otter II up that afternoon, and the unload began on August 1 around 8 a.m. Four hours later, Burrard Otter II was in B.C. waters and tugboats escorted the vessel to the shipyards where it will stay for the next bit during commissioning.

It’s not everyday you get to see a ship unloaded off of another ship, and it was a pretty neat process to watch. Check out the time lapse below to see a sped up version of the four-hour unload!

The Burrard Otter II will take over for the original Burrard Otter, which was built in 1976 and will be retired from active service once the Burrard Beaver is retrofitted. You can expect to see Burrard Otter II out in service once additional commissioning work and staff training is complete. It’s a great looking vessel, and we can’t wait for you to see it firsthand!

Author: Jennifer Morland


  • By Tone1point1, August 12, 2014 @ 11:52 pm

    In Sea Cadets we were taught that a boat is a vessel that is small enough to be loaded aboard a larger vessel. A ship is a vessel that cannot practicably be loaded aboard another vessel. A ship can also be a vessel with three or more square-rigged masts. Simply put, a boat can be loaded onto a ship but not vice versa.

  • By Taylor G, August 16, 2014 @ 1:31 am

    the the pictures in the link are from 2009; whats it been doing for the last 5 years?

  • By Behzad, August 19, 2014 @ 7:18 pm

    Is this OWL we were looking for it for contest?

  • By Behzad, August 19, 2014 @ 7:23 pm

    OWL stand for old vessel Loading.

  • By Allen Tung, August 20, 2014 @ 8:49 am

    Hi Behzad. The owl you are looking for in the Find the Owl contest is all on the page. Each day, after 9 a.m., a clue to where the Owl icon is hiding on the service change page will be posted on our Facebook page. Once you solve the clue, click on the Owl to enter the contest. Happy Owl hunting!

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