March 8, 2014 1:27 am
Updated: March 8, 2014 1:44 am

Watch: Estonian cruise ship to serve as temporary home for workers in northern B.C.


A former ferry has been brought in from the Baltics to house hundreds of people working on a multi-billion dollar upgrade to the smelter in Kitimat, B.C.

The eleven-deck ferry will be able to house 600 workers and will become the largest floating hotel on the West Coast.

Each tenant will have a private room and bathroom and access to a pub, dance floor, and extensive kitchen.

The ship is currently in North Vancouver, where it is undergoing an extreme makeover.

It has already cost millions of dollars to get the ferry to this point and to stock it with food.

It’s an innovative solution to a housing shortage in a place where it’s hoped there will soon be a building boom.

There is still a lot of work to be done, even though renovations were started as the ship traveled through the panama canal and up the West Coast.

The plan is to leave around noon Saturday, and start the 30 hour voyage to Kitimat.

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