Baynes Sound Connector

Baynes Sound Connector,cable ferry,Gulf Islands,BC Ferries Buckley Bay,Denman,Baynes Sound

BC Ferries Baynes cable ferry Sound Connector undergoing trials

Baynes Sound Connector,cable ferry,Gulf Islands,BC Ferries Buckley Bay,Denman,Baynes Sound

You can see the pre-tension load on the south guide cable

Baynes Sound Connector,cable ferry,Gulf Islands,BC Ferries Buckley Bay,Denman,Baynes Sound

Being a cable ferry, the Baynes Sound Connector has a centerline drive cable, and port and starboard (north and south) guide cables.

The guide cables are supported along the sides of the ferry using a system of sheaves at each end and amidships – in other words they are run on a series of fairleads (idler rollers) mounted on reinforced struts supported along the outside of the hull.

The central drive cable leads into the machinery compartment using a set of bi-directional fairleads at each end of the ferry, through a central trough under the main car deck, and to bull wheels on the diesel driven drive assembly

Baynes Sound Connector,cable ferry,Gulf Islands,BC Ferries Buckley Bay,Denman,Baynes Sound

  • Builder: Seaspan Marine
  • Material: Grade ‘A’ Steel
  • Length: 78.5 metres
  • Beam: 16.0 metres
  • Molded Depth: 2.1 metres
  • Draft Maximum: 1.078 metres
  • Draft Light Operating: 0.612 metres
  • Maximum Displacement: 589 Tonnes
  • Freeboard: 1.09 metres min, 1.49m max
  • Engines: 2x Cat diesel, 450 HP
  • Drive: 2X Single sheave drives
  • Cables: 1.625″ (41.275 mm) 6 by 19 Plastic Valley Filled
  • Cable Tensioner: Manufactured by Timberland Equipment Ltd
  • Design Maximum Speed: 8.5 knots
  • Design Service Speed: 7.5 knots
  • Fuel Oil Capacity (90%): 10.00 m3
  • Lube Oil Capacity (100%): 2.75 m3
  • Potable Water Capacity: Bottled Water Station
  • Non-Potable Water Capacity: 2.75 m3
  • Sewage Holding Tank Capacity: 9.0 m3
  • Vehicles: 50 AEQ – *AEQ = “Automobile Equivalent” (i.e. 1 space at 5.34 m long x 2.6 m wide x 1.8 tonnes)
  • Passengers and crew: 150 (tbd)
  • Crossing Length: Approximately 1900 metres

Baynes Sound Connector approaching the Buckley Bay terminal

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