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- Langdale Terminal Berth 1 Upgrade Complete »
- Priority Loading Pilot for Hornby Island »
- Southern Gulf Island Thru Fare Vehicle Pilot »
- Sointula Terminal Upgrade »
- New Salish Class Vessels »
- Cable Ferry Project »
- Vehicle Classification System Pilot at Horseshoe Bay »
BC Ferries' Newest Class of Vessels
BC Ferries is building two new ferries to serve the Northern Gulf Islands and would like your input on their design. These vessels will be the first of up to seven possible vessels of this type to be built in the coming ten years as we continue to renew our fleet. All vessels will be standardized to achieve optimal procurement, low operating cost and interoperability. Standardized vessels help ensure consistent service across many routes.
Construction will commence in 2017 and the first vessel will enter service in approximately 2020.
Langdale Terminal Berth 1 Upgrade Complete
BC Ferries reopened Berth 1 at Langdale terminal on April 7, 2017, after the completion of upgrades to marine structures. Service on the Langdale-Horseshoe Bay route and water taxi service to Gambier and Keats Islands will return to traditional service schedules. All customers are advised to check for published sailing times from April 7 onwards.
Priority Loading Pilot for Hornby Island
As of September 19th, 2016, Hornby Island customers will have the opportunity to receive select Priority Loading when connecting on Denman Island to board the Baynes Sound Connector.
The first 15 vehicles to arrive at Shingle Spit for the 7:30 am sailing to Gravelly Bay will receive a priority loading pass for the 8:00 am sailing only departing Denman West terminal, Monday to Friday on the Baynes Sound Connector.
Southern Gulf Island Thru Fare Vehicle Pilot
Starting June 6, 2016, BC Ferries will be embarking on a Thru Fare pilot at Tsawwassen terminal to better serve our Southern Gulf Island customers. The goal of the pilot is to help expedite the unloading of Thru Fare customers traveling by vehicle upon arrival at Swartz Bay terminal.
Sointula Terminal Upgrade
Terminal upgrades for Sointula terminal completed on July 29, 2015. Terminal upgrades included:
- New passenger waiting room (similar to the one at Port McNeill)
- New vehicle loading ramp
- New wingwalls and floating leads
- New utility building
|Artist renderings of marine structures after upgrades|
New Salish Class Vessels
Over the next two years, BC Ferries will be retiring the Queen of Nanaimo and the Queen of Burnaby from its fleet.
New Cable Ferry for Buckley Bay - Denman Island Service
The Baynes Sound Connector is now providing regular service for the Buckley Bay – Denman Island route.
New Vehicle Classification System Pilot
Horseshoe Bay Terminal
In February 2015, BC Ferries launched a new Vehicle Classification System (VCS) pilot at Horseshoe Bay Terminal. The VCS automatically measures the length of commercial vehicles, buses, over length vehicles and trailers. The goal of this pilot is to improve the customer experience at the ticket booth by speeding up the ticketing process, and to assist with delivering consistent measurement results.
The VCS uses laser and radar measurement sensors to measure the length, height, ground clearance, and classification of vehicles. All components of the VCS are CSA approved and are safe for people. This new system has been installed just before the commercial vehicle ticket booths between lanes 1 and 2 and has been independently tested for accuracy by a qualified third party prior to it being put into service.
For this project’s frequently asked questions and answers, please click here »
|Site of VCS Pilot at Horseshoe Bay|