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Discussions Continue re BC Ferries Terminal Upgrades

Vancouver Ferry Terminal ( Swartz Bay) Upgrade

With some seven million passengers each year, it hs become evident that the ferry terminal at Swartz Bay is in need of upgrades to more efficiently handle the growing traffic.

While current discussion focuses on technical enhancements to the berths & loading ramps, there is talk of a waterfront board walk, a covered market, perhaps basketball courts, a pub, improved cycling facilities and better WiFi.

While passengers say the ferry terminal improvements are overdue, the public has expressed concern that the "amenities" money would be better spent on the improving fleet. 

Downtown Vancouver to Downown Victoria ferry Releases 2019 Schedules

Popular Vancouver to Victoria Ferry Service Releases New 2019 Schedule

Scheduled to restart service in April 2019, the Vancouver to Victoria ferry (serving foot passengers travelling downtown to downtown), will commence daily round-trip service making it possible to to visit the island and return to the mainland the same day.

A same day round trip has long been a desired schedule change and should result in a significant increase in traffic for this passenger-only ferry service.

The Vancouver - Victoria ferry is operated by the Australian company V2V Vacations.

New Washington ferry is the cleanest vessel in the fleet

BC Ferry Fleet To Increase

BC Ferries to Order 5 New vessels

The newest BC ferries will be hybrid ships (with batteries on board), using liquefied natural gas as the primary fuel.
They will be quieter and have a lighter ecological footprint than any other ferries in the fleet, & they will load from both ends.

The new vessels are designed to carry between 1,600 and 2,100 passengers & crew, and 310 to 358 cars.
It is anticipated that the 1st ferry in this fleet expansion will start service in 2023.

Vancouver - Victora Ferry Update

V2V Vacations Ferry Goes Seasonal

V2V Vacations the newest ferry service operating between downtown Vancouver & downtown Victoria has cancelled its winter sailings and determined that it can provide the best & most comfortable service on a seasonal basis.

The 254-seat, high-speed passenger-only jet ferry, travels each way between the downtown Vancouver/Victoria city cores in approximately 3.5 hours.
In 2019, a daily round trip is possible.

Although approximately priced at the same level as a Harbour Air flight, V2V Vacations bill themselves as a “mini- cruise”

V2V offer 2 classes so are able to accommodate their 1st class with a complementary full meal, wine etc.
The same is available for the standard fare paying passenger, but the meal is not complimentary.

 The 2019 V2V ferry schedule will begin in April

BC Ferry Delay Resulting From Stuck Asphalt Truck

Seattle Victoria Ferry Luggage Rules

New Luggage Rules for Victoria - Seattle Clipper Ferries

Checked Luggage
Each passenger can check in up to 2 pieces of luggage: each piece to weigh no more than 50 lbs
The linear dimensions including handles and wheels, must not exceed 62” (length + width + height) 
Carry-On Luggage
Limited to one piece (less than 20 lbs) without a fee:
Dimensions must not exceed 24” x 16” x 10” (including wheels and frame)
Personal Items
One personal item without a fee, can also be carried on.
e.g. Purse / Briefcase / Camera bag / Diaper bag / Small backpack / Tote bag / Standard size laptop computer case

Alaska Ferry MV Taku Sold

Alaska Just Sold the ferry MV Taku

The MV Taku - a 55 year old 352' long ferry belonging to the State of Alaska has been sold to Dubai based Jabar Al Lawz Trading.

With only a balance of $171,000 owing on the sale & the remaining paperwork to be signed, the MV Taku has completed her ferry service in Alaska and now both residents and visitors can only remember with fondness, the grand old lady who served the Ketchikan - Skagway ferry route for so many years.

The retired ferry will soon head to Seattle, then across the Pacific to the Philippines and then on to her final destination.
Whether she will be scrapped or refitted or perhaps even returned to service as a ferry, is still undecided - but either way, we wish her good luck and a Bon Voyage.