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Terminal Development Planning

Bella Coola - McLoughlin Bay - Shearwater - Ocean Falls

Bella Coola Terminal McLoughlin Bay (Bella Bella) Terminal Shearwater Terminal Ocean Falls

In January 2018, the terminal development team began the process of creating a Terminal Development Plan for terminals on the Central Coast.

The scope of the Terminal Development Plan involves planning, creating conceptual design options, and the development of an implementation schedule and budget estimates for future terminal upgrades. The plans will provide the frameworks for the phased implementation of strategies and actions over the next 25 years. This will enable us to develop the terminals in a cost-effective, organized and efficient way.

Engaging with the Community

We have begun an engagement process with communities and key stakeholders to gather feedback, suggestions and ideas. Your input is important to us and it will help shape our future plans.

As part of the engagement process, we welcome you to review the draft concepts below and share your feedback with us by email at tdpinfo@bcferries.com.

View the Draft Concepts

Following the engagement process, our team will review the feedback we receive from the communities and stakeholders to refine the concept options and develop a draft terminal development plan that will be shared later this year.

We look forward to hearing your ideas about future improvements we can make at the terminals that will enhance your travel experience with us.

Project Update - Ocean Falls & Shearwater Marine Structure Improvements

Ocean Falls

Ocean Falls Terminal Development Progress

In spring 2018, we completed the marine infrastructure improvements at the Ocean Falls terminal. Improvements include a new steel ramp, two transition aprons, a concrete pontoon with a transition platform, a mooring dolphin and two pipe struts, a reinforced concrete abutment, three new line dolphins as well as a new abutment approach road.

The berth was designed for 40 years of life with minimal maintenance requirements. Some features of the improvements include transition aprons incorporated into the ramp to allow vehicles operating low to the ground and vehicles with overhangs can pass over the ramp with ease. In addition, the ramp can now support full highway legal vehicles.


Shearwater Terminal Development Progress

In spring 2018, we completed the marine infrastructure improvements at the Shearwater terminal. The berth consists of an existing steel ramp on a concrete abutment. The ramp is supported on a barge that has fendering on the front held by two pipe struts. Improvements were required to accommodate the new vessel, the Northern Sea Wolf, and consisted of installing a timber deck onto the barge and repositioning the floating lead.

Project Manager's Update

If you have any questions, want to provide feedback, or require further information about the Swartz Bay terminal development engagement process, contact tdpinfo@bcferries.com or write to us at British Columbia Ferry Services Inc., Terminal Development, Suite 500 - 1321 Blanshard Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 0B7. Your email, address information and any other information about you is being collected under section 26 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for the terminal development engagement process. If you have any questions about the collection of your information, contact the Manager, Terminal Development by calling 250-978-1479, or write to us at this email or at the address above.

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