WaterBridge Steel

In June of 2012 WaterBridge Steel was awarded a contract by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to design and build an 80 car commercial ferry to run on the Shelter Bay to Galena Bay route on Arrow Lake in the Central Kootenays. The ferry will replace two existing smaller vessels that are reaching the end of their life-cycle. 

The new vessel is 320 feet long, 64 feet wide and weigh approximately 2.5 million pounds (1100 Metric Tons).   

The new ferry was designed and built over a period of approximately 24 months on the shores of Upper Arrow Lake in the picturesque Village of Nakusp, BC. 

The ferry "M.V. COLUMBIA" was formally delivered to the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and went into service June 26, 2014. 

WaterBridge Steel Inc. is a ship building company based in British Columbia, Canada. The WaterBridge Steel team specializes in building vessels in remote sites, under difficult environmental conditions and with limited access to industrial infrastructure. John Harding, President and Owner of WaterBridge Steel has over 25 years experience building numerous vessels for industry and government. Go to the "Previous Projects" page to see some of the vessels built by John Harding and his team.

WaterBridge Steel has two sister companies, WaterBridge Equipment and WaterBridge Ferries that operate inland ferry routes on behalf of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. WaterBridge Equipment operates the Francois Lake Ferry and WaterBridge Ferries operates the Arrow Lakes Ferries