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. 

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The M.V. Columbia in her first days in service 

This new vessel will bring several significant advantages to the Upper Arrow lake crossing:

All of this resulting in fewer waits and a more enjoyable crossing.