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For Immediate Release
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March 24, 2021

BC Ferries works with communities on sailing schedules for upcoming two-ship service

VICTORIA – BC Ferries is engaging with communities on the routes servicing Campbell River – Quadra Island and Gabriola – Nanaimo Harbour to optimize sailing schedules for the two new Island Class vessels destined for each route. The proposed schedules double the frequency of sailings during peak travel times and increase total capacity on the routes. The schedules will also reduce wait times on each route and help to mitigate congestion on local roads during peak times.

Launching today, the online engagement offers residents and ferry users the opportunity to share feedback regarding the proposed schedules. Online engagement runs from March 24 – April 12. BC Ferries is also scheduling virtual community meetings on Tuesday, April 6 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm for the Nanaimo Harbour – Gabriola Island schedule and on Wednesday, April 7 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm for the Campbell River – Quadra Island schedule. These meetings will give participants a chance to learn more about the proposed schedules and ask questions of the project team. Community members can participate in the online engagement and RSVP to attend the meeting at bcferriesprojects.ca/islandclass.

In addition to online engagement, BC Ferries will work with Ferry Advisory Committees, local Indigenous communities, key stakeholder groups and employees to gather feedback on the proposed schedules.

Key operational considerations are incorporated into the proposed schedules, including the need to synchronize the movement of two ships, fuelling, labour requirements such as shift handovers and mandated safety procedures and drills.

The Island Class vessels are a critical part of BC Ferries’ move towards more sustainable operations as they use some of the most advanced clean marine technology in the world. The vessels are designed for full electric operation once shore charging infrastructure and funding become available. Currently, these vessels are fitted with hybrid technology that bridges the gap until that time.

On board the Island Class vessel, passenger lounges and washrooms are situated on the main deck for easy access. BC Ferries designed the lounge areas for comfort, with a variety of seating choices and charging stations for electronics. An overhead sundeck with seating, windbreaks and an accessible washroom provide a comfortable space to sit outdoors.

To learn more about the Island Class project, please visit bcferriesprojects.ca/islandclass.
 
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