About BC Ferries

Ferries for the next generation

We Are Building the Next Generation of Ferries

We're thinking about you, the environment and the future of travel as we design ferries that will serve Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island for future generations. We'd like to show you what we've been up to and invite you into conversations that will help shape your future onboard experience.

What we've been up to

We are getting ready to build new ferries to replace four of our existing vessels (Queen of Alberni, Queen of New Westminster, Queen of Coquitlam, and Queen of Cowichan). This is one of the biggest projects BC Ferries has ever undertaken and there is a lot to consider as we work to:

  • Keep fares affordable
  • Reduce our environmental impact
  • Plan for flexibility to meet changing demands; and
  • Enhance the onboard experience of our customers.

Thank you for joining the conversation!

We'd like to thank everyone who took the time to share their thoughts and ideas with us during our recent engagement efforts! We heard from nearly 10,000 people through online engagement, stakeholder workshops, and pop-up engagement events on board our ferries.

Our job now is to go through the feedback we received and report back to you on what we heard later this spring. Once results are ready, the design team will use the input we've received to help inform the design of the new ferries.

We're already planning to be back out with follow-up conversations later this year that will build on what we’ve heard so far. After that, we’ll be coming back to show you the conceptual design for the new ferries once its ready to gather your feedback on further design refinements.

In the meantime, please stay tuned to this webpage for updates and information about the project as it progresses.

Our Process

We are at the very beginning of the process. At this stage we are identifying what we need and want our new ferries to do.

Process Diagram

The first stage of the project involves two parts: technical studies, and engagement with our customers, employees, and the communities we serve.

Technical Studies
Over the past several months the project team has been exploring options and deciding on requirements such as:

  • Size and capacity of the new ferries
  • Fuel and bunkering needs
  • Space allotments onboard
  • Speed and maneuverability
  • Technology requirements (e.g. propulsion systems, IT etc.)

The design process requires careful attention to technical requirements, matching ship and shore infrastructure, and balancing priorities.

Customer and Employee Engagement:
Part of deciding what we need and want our new ferries to do involves engaging with our employees, our customers, and the communities we serve. Engagement for the first phase of the project took place throughout March and the early part of April 2019 through focused stakeholder workshops, online engagement, and pop-up events onboard our major routes.

We sought input on key aspects of the design, including:

  • Accessibility: how can we make ferries easier to get around for passengers of all abilities?
  • Pedestrians & Cyclists: how can we make traveling by foot and bike easier for you?
  • Family spaces: how can we make traveling with children easier for you?
  • Pet spaces: what would make traveling with pets easier for you?
  • Outdoor spaces: what would make your experience on our outer decks better?
  • Food and beverage options and service: how can we make food service more convenient and improve our food offerings?
  • Technology: what technology-related amenities are important to you?
  • New amenities: do you want to see new kinds of amenities on our ferries?
  • Important considerations: sustainability, future flexibility, other ideas, thoughts, and comments participants wanted to share

A report on our engagement results is now in development.

Key Facts and Considerations

We are thinking about many different factors as we design our next generation of ferries including: keeping fares affordable, reducing our environmental impact, remaining flexible to changing demands, and enhancing the onboard experience of our customers and employees.

Key Facts and Considerations

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