B.C. Ferries' Northern Sea Wolf set sail from Athens, Greece to service new Port Hardy to Bella Coola route next summer. Photo: B.C. Ferries

B.C. Ferries’ Northern Sea Wolf set sail from Athens, Greece to service new Port Hardy to Bella Coola route next summer. Photo: B.C. Ferries

The vessel acquired for a new B.C. Ferries’ route from Port Hardy to Bella Coola left Athens, Greece Friday for a 10,097 nautical mile journey.

The sailing to B.C. is expected to take 35 days and begin service in the summer of 2018.

The Northern Sea Wolf, which was named through a community engagement process, was built in 2000 and can handle a minimum of 35 vehicles and 150 passengers and crew.

Sailings will depart Port Hardy and Bella Coola five days a week during peak season and reservations are open to book.

The vessel will have upgrades completed when it arrives in B.C. including modernizing passenger accommodation and food services.

B.C. Ferries says it acquired the vessel from Greece to support the Province’s commitment to the new route last year.

Andy Neal