February 25, 2018

Car plunges into water at Gabriola ferry terminal

RCMP divers have been called in after a car plunged into the water early this morning at the Gabriola Island ferry terminal. BC Ferries CEO Mike Corrigan says a car rammed through a six-foot steel gate at the terminal, landed on the deck of the MV Quinsam, hit the water, and sank. “We have a night watchman there who was actually in a building … [Read more...]

Cuts coming to BC Ferry service

The provincial government has wrapped up consultation on upcoming service cuts for BC Ferries.....but the next step is more consultations. Four thousand people gave input on what and where to cut ferry services last fall. Transportation Minister Mary Polak says cuts are coming. "Further discussions with the communities...as we start to plan for … [Read more...]

Province moves to iron out problems in municipalities with ferry terminals

Community minister Bill Bennett has helped resolve a dispute between a number of municipalities, BC Ferries and the BC Assessment Appeal Board. Bennett says the deal will see make sure ferry terminal properties are accurately assessed, after the appeal board reduced their value to virtually nothing last year and put local governments on the hook … [Read more...]

Suspicious package on BC ferry cancels sailings

Delta Police say the RCMP's Explosive Disposal Unit has determined a suspicious package found aboard a BC ferry is not an explosive device. Constable Ciaran Feenan says police were notified around 3:00 Sunday afternoon. The package was found shortly before the ship docked at Tsawwassen -- the ferry was coming from Swartz Bay. "And shortly after … [Read more...]

Ferry group wants fare reductions

A group representing Islanders who depend on BC Ferries wants government to rollback fares by 25 percent. The BC Ferry Advisory Committee speaks for Gulf Island, Sunshine Coast and minor route residents. They say that crippling fares are leading to lost jobs and crumbling tourism. Saltspring Island ferry advisory committee chair Harold Swierenga … [Read more...]

Cable ferry to serve Denman Island

The NDP’s ferry critic says BC Ferries must consult with the community on a cable ferry between Buckley Bay and Denman Island. Gary Coons says communities want to know their safety concerns are under control, such as navigational hazards. "I think the current government needs to step in. They've stepped in to do the consolations throughout … [Read more...]

Cost of BC Ferry service going up

Ferry travellers in BC will soon pay more for the service, and within three years, rates will rise as much as 12 per cent. The British Columbia Ferry Commission has approved a 4.1 per cent hike in April, another four per cent in 2014 and 3.9 per cent in 2015. The prices have been capped to factor in efficiency targets and service level … [Read more...]

Mission mayor frets over rusting derelict ferry sitting in the Fraser

Once the flagship of the BC Ferry fleet, the Queen of Sidney is now nothing more than an eyesore.  And people who have to look at it on a daily basis want it gone.  For the ten years, the 102 metre long ship has been rusting on the Fraser River in Mission.  Its owner isn't keeping it in shape and a few months ago there was concern of … [Read more...]

Ferry Disruptions Today

There will be more B-C Ferry disruptions today thanks to a damaged propeller blade on the "Spirit of B-C." B-C Ferries spokesperson Deborah Marshall says the vessel will be pulled out of today's rotation for two round trips. The 3 and 7 p.m. sailings out of Tsawwassen will be cancelled and the corresponding 5 and 9 p.m. sailings out of Swartz … [Read more...]

Ferry evacuated, sailings cancelled after bomb threat against Queen of Coquitlam

A bomb threat against the Queen of Coquitlam ferry at Nanaimo’s Departure Bay terminal has cancelled sailings and forced officials to evacuate the boat. "There's a bomb threat, we just got turned away and were sent to Duke Point. We were just sitting in line to go there, and they're just sending us over to Duke Point,” says one caller … [Read more...]