British Columbia Ferry Services Inc News

08 Nov 2019

BC Ferries Orders 4 Hybrid-Electric Vessels

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Canadian ferry owner and operator British Columbia Ferry Services Inc (BC Ferries) has made a further order of four additional electric-battery hybrid Island Class vessels from a major European shipyard.The ferry corporation announced that Damen Shipyards Group of the Netherlands has been awarded the contract to build the new vessels.Project cost for the four latest Island-class vessels is about $200 million, including financing and project-management.According to a release, BC Ferries’ procurement process resulted in 18 bids from international shipyards…

16 May 2019

Northern Sea Wolf to Cover Central Coast route

The Northern Sea Wolf while conducting sea trials.

The new ferry between Bella Coola and Port Hardy will be starting up on Saturday, said the British Columbia Ferry Services Inc (BC Ferries)According to a news release , the Northern Sea Wolf will begin service on the Central Coast route on May 18, after finishing sea trials and dock fits during April and May.Built in 2000, the vessel was bought in Greece in 2017 after the province announced it was reviving the route that had been cancelled in 2013.The corporation says the Northern Sea Wolf has finished sea trials and dock fits successfully in April and May in Port Hardy…

14 Mar 2019

B.C. Ferries Going on Building Spree

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Canadian ferry owner and operator British Columbia Ferry Services Inc (BC Ferries) will be building up to five new ferries to replace four existing vessels.The provider of all major passenger and vehicle ferry services for coastal and island communities in the Canadian province of British Columbia said in a press release that it invites customers and communities to join conversations about the new vessels and to provide input that will help shape their future onboard experience."The…

29 Jan 2016

SailSafe: A SEA Change for the Better

British Columbia Ferry Services

BC Ferries has improved its safety record, operational practices – and at the same time, its bottom line. In 2007, British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. (BC Ferries) initiated a union-management joint endeavor to create a world-class safety culture. This program, coined SailSafe, addressed a wide variety of safety-related aspects of BC Ferries’ culture and operational practices. By almost any measure, SailSafe has been a tremendous successf. Although difficult to precisely correlate any one of the many facets of SailSafe to operational statistics…

18 Jun 2013

Sail Safe BC Ferries’ Safety Initiative

Murray Goldberg is CEO of Marine Learning Systems (www.MarineLS.com). An eLearning researcher and LMS developer, his software has been used by 14 million people worldwide.

BC Ferries cut time loss injuries in half; it reduced serious injuries by two-thirds; it slashed annual insurance claims costs by more than three-quarters. What are you waiting for? Can a vessel operator completely reshape its safety culture? Can it transform communications, training, operational practices and even employee engagement? And most importantly, if an operator is able to make such sweeping changes, what measurable difference will it make? It turns out it can make a huge difference to almost every meaningful key performance indicator…

07 Dec 2016

The Training Implications of Subchapter M

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It’s a major understatement to say that Subchapter M is top of mind for workboat operators. While most would agree that the new regulations will raise the level of safety and operational sophistication, most would also likely agree that with change comes uncertainty, cost and effort. Thus it was no surprise that at October’s national meeting of the American Waterways Operators, discussions were dominated by Subchapter M and its implications for operators. As a former faculty member at a large research university and someone very focused on training in the maritime industry…

21 Sep 2004

Flensburger Wins Canadian Ferry Contract

A contract to build three double-ended RoRo Ferries for the Canadian Shipping Company British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. has been won by Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft. The total value of the contracts is approximately $325 million Canadian. The new ships are called “Super C-class” type. BC Ferries´ specification for the new Super C-class vessels, which are planned to operate on BC Ferries´ Horseshoe Bay-Departure Bay, and Swartz Bay-Tsawwassen routes, are for 160 m vessels that can accommodate 370 vehicles and up to 1,650 passengers.

13 Mar 2013

TSB Canada Release Ferry Accident Report

Ferry 'Coastal Inspiration': Photo credit BCFS

The BC ferry 'Coastal Inspiration' struck the berth in late 2011, causing extensive damage to the vessel and the ferry terminal. The double-ended 21,777 gt roll-on/roll-off ferry owned by British Columbia Ferry Services Inc., Victoria, was operating on the route from Duke Point (where the incident ocurred) to Tsawwassen, BC. On 20 December 2011, at approximately 1450 Pacific Standard Time, the bow propulsion pitch control on the Coastal Inspiration failed to respond while the vessel was approaching the Duke Point ferry terminal in Nanaimo, British Columbia.

23 Mar 2012

Fuel Efficiency, Reduced Emissions for Maritime

Ferries and ocean going vessels can now sail more efficiently, save fuel, and reduce their CO2 emissions by using the Automated Draft Indicator System (ADIS). Weir-Jones Engineering Ltd. has recently released the third generation of this innovative marine technology. ADIS defines the position of the static water plane relative to the vessel. In this way, the position of any part of the ship relative to the water plane can be accurately determined. Based on these measurements, the position and orientation of the vessel including the draught, freeboard, heel and trim are precisely established. The calculations are carried out in real-time and these parameters are continuously updated and displayed.

28 Feb 2008

BC Ferries Releases 3Q Results

British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. quarter results for fiscal 2007/08. last year. Net earnings before extraordinary gain for the nine-month period ended December 30, 2007 were $67.7 million, down from $82.0 million for the same period in the previous year. of its fiscal year. maintenance and refits and to undertake mandatory inspections on the majority of its vessels. compared to the same period last year. $53.0 million to $448.8 million, compared to the nine months ended December 31, 2006. $172.0 million and $251.9 million in the nine months ended December 31, 2007. Super C-class vessels, the Coastal Renaissance, Coastal Inspiration and Coastal Celebration. BC Ferries’ President & CEO David L. Hahn. summer and fall of 2008, respectively.

03 Feb 2009

FSG Newbuilding Northern Expedition

On Friday January 30, 2009 at approximately 9:00 a.m. a new cruiseferry for FSG`s Canadian customer British Columbia Ferry Services, Inc. (BC Ferries), will leave the Flensburger shipyard and start her voyage from Germany to British Columbia, Canada. The new 498 ft ship will accommodate 600 passengers and 130 vehicles. Among its many features, the Northern Expedition will offer 55 modern cabins for customers and an expanded range of food services and other amenities to delight local residents and tourists alike. The transfer voyage will take about 45 days.

26 Jul 2012

BC Ferries' Operational Training Initiatives

Jeffrey Joyce, Director, Operational Training – British Columbia Ferry Services, Inc.

Jeffrey Joyce, Director, Operational Training – British Columbia Ferry Services, Inc. A native of British Columbia, Jeff Joyce was accepted into the Canadian Navy in 1983 through the Regular Officer Training program and progressed through his post-secondary learning (B.Sc UBC) and Naval education, graduating from both in 1987. He completed his Certificate of Competency as a Bridge Watchkeeper, and then qualified as a Navigating Officer. Throughout his Naval career, Jeff excelled in many operational roles, but always felt most fulfilled when involved in training and education.

28 Feb 2007

BC Ferries Release 3Q Results

British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. (BC Ferries) announced its third quarter results for fiscal 2006/07 with a net loss of $1.8 million for the three months ended December 31, 2006, compared to a net loss of $0.9 million in the same quarter last year. Due to the seasonality of ferry travel, BC Ferries typically generates higher net earnings in the first and second quarters, which are subsequently reduced by net losses in the last two quarters of its fiscal year. Due to a gain of $61.3 million reported in the first quarter of fiscal 2007, which resulted from insurance proceeds following the loss of the Queen of the North, net earnings for the nine-month period ended December 31, 2006 were $143.3 million, compared to $74.7 million over the same nine-month period last year.

03 Jan 2013

CFOA Introduces New Executives

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The Canadian Ferry Operators Association (CFOA) announce its team to lead the organization into 2013. CFOA is a member-based organization representing Canadian ferry owners and operators across the country. Ferries are an integral part of CanadaÂ’s transportation system. CFOA has more than 60 members, accounting for nearly all the major ferry routes in Canada. ·         Captain Jamie Marshall, Chair – British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. "“We look forward to working together to…

01 May 2003

Hahn Named President and CEO at BC Ferries

David Hahn, former senior executive with the Ogden Corporation in New York, has accepted the position as President and CEO of the newly restructured British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. announced David Emerson, Chair of BC Ferries’ Board of Directors, today. Hahn brings over 20 years of executive experience to the new BC Ferries. “Mr. Hahn has outstanding leadership skills and experience in business development and customer service,” said Emerson. “Implementing a new structure for the delivery of ferry service with enabling legislation has been the first important step,” said Emerson. The new company’s vision is to become a world-class marine transportation system that is both highly customer-focused and financially viable.

01 Apr 2003

BC Ferries Becomes British Columbia Ferry Services

Effective April 2, BC Ferries will become a new, independent company called British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. Transportation Minister Judith Reid, community leaders, BC Ferries officials, and retired captains will celebrate the launch of the new company at the Maritime Museum of British Columbia.

01 Mar 2006

BC Ferries Announces 3Q Results

British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. (BC Ferries) announced its third quarter results for fiscal 2005/06 with a net loss of $0.9 million for the three months ended December 31, 2005, compared to a net loss of $4.2 million in the same quarter last year. Due to the seasonality of ferry travel, BC Ferries generates higher net earnings in the spring and summer quarters, which are subsequently reduced by net losses in the last two quarters of its fiscal year. David L. Hahn. “Investing in our infrastructure to ensure the safety and reliability of our operations continues to be a priority. Third quarter consolidated operating revenues of $126.0 million compare with operating revenues of $122.7 million for the same period last year.

31 Mar 2006

BC Ferries Sued Over Ferry Sinking

A couple who were aboard the ill-fated Queen of the North last week has launched the first lawsuit against British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. Meanwhile, the man in charge of health and safety at BC Ferries has resigned, the Globe and Mail reported. In Vancouver, lawyer David Varty filed a statement of claim on March 28 with the B.C. Supreme Court on behalf of Maria and Alexander Kotais. The couple were aboard the Queen of the North and in the process of moving to Nanaimo, B.C., from Kitimat, on the north coast. The Kotais had moved their basic items already in a moving van, but were carrying their more precious valuables, like jewellery, family heirlooms, clothing and important documents, in their vehicle and the vehicle of a friend who was also on the Queen of the North.

18 Aug 2006

B.C. Ferries Reports Q1 profit of $76.2m

British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. reported a first-quarter profit of $76.2m due to insurance proceeds of $67.9m in connection with the sinking of the Queen of the North ferry. The ferry operator said Thursday that excluding the one-time gain, it would have earned $14.9 million on revenue of $146.3 million. That compared to a profit of $14.4 million on revenue of $145.2 million a year ago. The company said the money from the insurance payment will be used to buy a replacement ship. The Queen of the North sank March 22 after striking Gil Island in Wright Sound in 430 metres of water. Two people remain missing and are presumed dead after the late-night incident in which 99 people were safely removed from the stricken vessel. Two lawsuits are pending as a result of the sinking. B.C.

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