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Introducing the new SeaBus: Burrard Chinook

We’re adding a new SeaBus to the fleet as part of the 10-Year Vision and we’re thrilled to announce today the new vessel’s name — the Burrard Chinook!

What’s exciting about the new vessel is once it’s in service, it will allow us to deliver increased SeaBus service to our customers. It will increase every 10 minutes during peak periods and every 15 minutes at other times.

Construction began in November 2017, starting upside down with a sheet of metal. A keel-laying ceremony with a commemorative Canada 150 coin was held in February 2018.

In January, the vessel was christened in the Netherlands (watch the video above) where it’s now undergoing sea trials. It will then embark on an epic journey across the Atlantic Ocean, through the Panama Canal and up the coast to Vancouver. After the vessel arrives in local waters, it will go through some additional sea trials, and SeaBus employees will be trained on it before it starts carrying customers between Waterfront Station and Lonsdale Quay.

You can learn more by reading our media release!


  • By Norm, March 18, 2019 @ 11:13 am

    Very exciting! What an epic journey for a small boat to take across the ocean to serve in the Burrard inlet

  • By Mary Shannon, March 18, 2019 @ 11:23 am

    Better late than never!

    North Shore residents paid a net $250 million over and above what we received back from the 2004-2015 financial plan and it was specifically said a NEW Seabus (not merely replacing aging ships) would be in place to give 10 minute service in 2009. Yup 2009 – 10 years ago.

    Shame on the Mayors Council for taking this long – glad it’s finally happening but no question the North Shore has been last in line for transit improvements and has been for a VERY VERY long time!

    (Though I am one who was never a big fan of the Seabus anyhow – but I guess we’ll never get a direct under the harbor route now…)

  • By Lesley, March 18, 2019 @ 5:12 pm

    Nice that it’s here, or will be. But why wasn’t it made in one of Vancouver’s shipyards, with Vancouver trades and labour, and the profit staying in Vancouver? No need for an epic voyage then.

  • By Jordan, March 25, 2019 @ 6:31 pm

    Is the new Seabus making the journey under its own power, or being shipped on a cargo ship?!?

  • By Allen Tung, March 26, 2019 @ 10:16 am

    Hey Jordan, it’s being shipped on a ship.

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