Essential travel only, new travel restrictions In support of the provincial travel restrictions Order M that went into effect on April 23, BC Ferries will deny travel to customers, including recreational vehicles, crossing between different health regions as defined by the Order. This affects the following routes:. Customers travelling on these routes will be asked if their travel is essential, and denied passage if it is not essential. Customers travelling on routes that operate within the same regional zone will be reminded they should be avoiding non-essential travel at this time. These restrictions are in effect until May 25th. Find out more about these restrictions including what the Province deems as reasons for essential travel here.
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It has awarded Damen Shipyards Group of the Netherlands contracts to build four more battery electric-hybrid Island Class vessels scheduled to go into service in These vessels have successfully completed sea trials and will arrive in Victoria, B. The Island Class is a battery-powered ferry. When electric charging technology matures to make electricity available in the quantities required, BC Ferries will operate these new ships as all-electric ferries, using clean energy. In the interim, these ships will use an on board low-sulphur diesel hybrid system. This agreement with Damen is a design-build, fixed-priced contract that provides BC Ferries with substantial guarantees related to delivery dates, performance criteria, cost certainty and quality construction. The third and fourth new vessels will service the Campbell River — Quadra Island route and the fifth and sixth new ships will serve the Nanaimo Harbour — Gabriola Island route by
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In the three months ended December 31, , BC Ferries delivered over 44, sailings across the system. The company carried 4. Year-to-date, the company has carried Due to the seasonality of ferry travel, net earnings in the first and second quarters are typically reduced by net losses in the last two quarters of the fiscal year when traffic is lower and routine vessel maintenance is scheduled.
British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. BC Ferries provides all major passenger and vehicle ferry services for coastal and island communities in the Canadian province of British Columbia. Set up in to provide a similar service to that provided by the Black Ball Line and the Canadian Pacific Railway , which were affected by job action at the time, BC Ferries has become the largest passenger ferry line in North America ,  operating a fleet of 36 vessels with a total passenger and crew capacity of over 27,, serving 47 locations on the B. The responsibility for their provision rests with the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation , which contracts operation to various private sector companies.