The BC ferry prior to launch with one of those 'those symbols' that
have raised concerns
German shipbuilders 'Nazi
Nazi references fears over two German-built ships in one week
Last week eyebrows were raised, momentarily, after the head of the
Jewish community in Hamburg expressed his concern that the latest
cruise ship from the German shipyard of Meyer Werft was to be given a
naming ceremony that resembled Nazi celebrations of the past.
The ship. AIDAdiva, was given a 'tower of light' celebration last night
in Hamburg and,
being the anniversary of Adolf Hitler's birthday, concerns were
expressed that such coincidences could be construed as a celebration
of Nazi values.
The Jewish leader however was satisfied that no such intentions were
However, yet another embarrassment has surfaced, with a ship
built by the German shipbuilder Flensburger Schiffbau–Gesellschaft,
Flensburg, for BC Ferries of Canada.
The ship, a ferry called COASTAL RENAISSANCE, carries on its hull
motifs to indicate the presence of propellers. Unfortunately the
design is just a little too close to the Nazi swastika for some
people's comfort and the vessel's owners, BC Ferries, have asked the
shipyard to soften the design and take away the hard edges that do
look, if you are inclined to think that way, a little like the hated
The vessel was launched at the shipyard on the 19th April and the
company began to get inquiries after the press photos appeared. Ten
enquiries were made and the company decided to ask the shipyard to
change the motifs.
"To us, it's an international prop symbol, but, if people are
concerned about it, obviously we are concerned about it, so we will
make sure it's changed before she leaves Germany." a spokesman told
Canada's Times Colonist.
The COASTAL RENAISSANCE is the first of BC Ferries’ three new Super
C-class vessels, and will be the largest double-ended ferries in the
world. They will carry 1650 passengers and 370 vehicles and will
provide both British Columbians and tourists alike with a whole new
west coast travel experience. The new vessels will have a service
speed of 21 knots and they will be amongst the fastest and most fuel
efficient vessels in the BC Ferries’ fleet, the company said.