Dutch shipbuilder Damen has launched two replacement ships for BC Ferries at its Galati shipyard in Romania. Both 81-meter vessels will be capable of carrying up to 300 passengers and 47 vehicles. They will replace two ships that are over five decades old, and service the Northern Gulf Islands. The total project budget, which includes financing and project management costs, is around CAD 86.5 million (USD 64.3 million). The project is partially funded by the Government of Canada. The ferries are currently being fitted out and are expected to be in service in 2020.