The gold standard in environmental care
We at BC Whale Tours feel it is our responsibility to protect and conserve the marine environment, for which we care so passionately about and have dedicated our lives to. We believe that it is everyone's responsibility to reduce their impact on the environment as much as possible.
How Do We Acheive This?
We do this by implementing the latest boat technology to our custom vessels, which are built to the same safety standards as the Search and Rescue Rigid Inflated Boats (RIBS). This design produces almost no wake while moving, ensuring we do not disturb any animals along our coastal shorelines.
Less Fuel Consumption
As a result of the exceptional hull design, our vessels move at higher speeds, with less effort, increased safety and comfort and use less fuel, reducing emissions. We use gas powered marine engines, which produce significantly less emissions than diesel. Diesel produces approximately 10.1 kg of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions per gallon, whereas marine gas produces approximately 8.8 kg of Carbon Dioxide emissions per gallon.
We are proud to be using 4 stroke Yamaha 350 series outboards. These outboards have set the environmental international benchmark for having the lowest emissions and lowest noise output out of any other marine engines in the industry.
Why is the fuel type and engine use important?
One of the main categories of threats that affect the health and the future prosperity of the whales is environmental contaminants (Graham, G.F., 2006). According to the Dr. G. Graham's SETAC submission, presently, the Southern Resident Killer Whales are strongly believed to be amongst the most contaminated animals on the planet. Reducing the introduction of pollution into the environment is BC Whale Tours primary concern, and we do this by investing and maintaining in the latest eco-friendly outboard engines. We are passionate about the whales and take pride in our efforts to acheive the goal of zero noise and impact on these animals and their supportive ecosystem.