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Rod Weir and Ryan Bensen, captain and chief mate, respectively, of the Island Kwigwis hybrid ferry, steer the vessel into Descanso Bay on April 12. The Island Kwigwis and Island Gwawis started service on the Nanaimo-Gabriola Island route today, April 12. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

B.C. Ferries’ hybrid vessels begin Nanaimo-Gabriola service

Island Kwigwis, Island Gwawis increase capacity, decrease emissions

Rod Weir and Ryan Bensen, captain and chief mate, respectively, of the Island Kwigwis hybrid ferry, steer the vessel into Descanso Bay on April 12. The Island Kwigwis and Island Gwawis started service on the Nanaimo-Gabriola Island route today, April 12. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
The new Island Class ferry for the Campbell River-Quadra Island route. BC Ferries photo

New Campbell River/Quadra route ferries now won’t arrive until fall

Powell River Queen ferry will continue to service route until crewing challenges addressed

The new Island Class ferry for the Campbell River-Quadra Island route. BC Ferries photo
Standing near the BC Ferries terminal in Brentwood Bay, Saanich North and the Islands MLA Adam Olsen largely questions proposed changes to legislation governing B.C. Ferries, but also finds some positives. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Government accountability for BC Ferries must be maintained, BC Green MLA says

Adam Olsen says oversight board has power to issue directives, but also to point fingers

Standing near the BC Ferries terminal in Brentwood Bay, Saanich North and the Islands MLA Adam Olsen largely questions proposed changes to legislation governing B.C. Ferries, but also finds some positives. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
New hybrid-diesel ferries will begin servicing Gabriola Island and Nanaimo on April 12. (Submitted photo)

B.C. Ferries announces that new Gabriola ferries will begin service next month

Two hybrid vessels will increase vehicle and passenger capacity for Gabriola-Nanaimo commuters

New hybrid-diesel ferries will begin servicing Gabriola Island and Nanaimo on April 12. (Submitted photo)
Duke Point ferry terminal. (News Bulletin file photo)

Duke Point ferry terminal to close for maintenance one day next month

Ramp scheduled to be upgraded March 5 at major Nanaimo-area terminal

Duke Point ferry terminal. (News Bulletin file photo)
Queen of Surrey. (BC Ferries)

4 Sunshine Coast BC Ferries sailings cancelled, replaced by water taxi due to ‘crewing issue’

Queen of Surrey will miss four sailings between Langdale and Horseshoe Bay

Queen of Surrey. (BC Ferries)
The B.C. Ferries vessel Queen of Surrey passes Bowen Island while traveling on Howe Sound from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale, B.C., on Friday, April 23, 2021. A BC Ferries spokesman is encouraging passengers to check online for possible service disruptions before heading to a terminal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Passengers should check for ferry cancellations due to staffing issues: BC Ferries

A BC Ferries spokesman is encouraging passengers to check online for possible…

The B.C. Ferries vessel Queen of Surrey passes Bowen Island while traveling on Howe Sound from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale, B.C., on Friday, April 23, 2021. A BC Ferries spokesman is encouraging passengers to check online for possible service disruptions before heading to a terminal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Sailings on the Queen of Cumberland ferry were cancelled due to a staffing shortage on the morning of Jan. 14. (Courtesy of BC Ferries)

Staffing issue cancels morning ferries between Victoria, southern Gulf Islands

Sailings between Swartz Bay and Galiano Island, Mayne Island and Pender Island affected

Sailings on the Queen of Cumberland ferry were cancelled due to a staffing shortage on the morning of Jan. 14. (Courtesy of BC Ferries)
The second Island-class ferry on the Nanaimo-Gabriola route will be called Island Gwawis. (Photo submitted)

B.C. First Nation chief ‘frustrated’ with name choice for BC Ferries new ship

Snuneymuxw First Nation criticizes ferry company’s approach to relationship-building

The second Island-class ferry on the Nanaimo-Gabriola route will be called Island Gwawis. (Photo submitted)
Peter Simpson, BC Ferries director of fleet operations and strategy; Cathi Charles Wherry, special advisor, First Peoples’ Cultural Council; and Mark Collins, BC Ferries’ president and CEO, attend a ceremony announcing the name of the sixth Island-class ferry. (Photo submitted)

Newest Island-class ferry will be called Island Gwawis, ‘raven of the sea’

Vessel will service Nanaimo-Gabriola Island route

Peter Simpson, BC Ferries director of fleet operations and strategy; Cathi Charles Wherry, special advisor, First Peoples’ Cultural Council; and Mark Collins, BC Ferries’ president and CEO, attend a ceremony announcing the name of the sixth Island-class ferry. (Photo submitted)
BC Ferries is warning of possible service disruptions in the coming months as the Omicron variant spreads. (Don Denton/file photo)

BC Ferries anticipating service disruptions in coming months as Omicron spikes

Company expects inter-island routes to be especially affected by crew shortages

BC Ferries is warning of possible service disruptions in the coming months as the Omicron variant spreads. (Don Denton/file photo)
Don Denton/News staff
October 17 2012 - Passengers stand on the top outside deck of the BC Ferries' vessel Coastal Celebration in Active Pass during  a sailing from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay.
Don Denton/News staff
October 17 2012 - Passengers stand on the top outside deck of the BC Ferries' vessel Coastal Celebration in Active Pass during  a sailing from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay.
Washrooms and food service are down at Swartz Bay as the ferry terminal deals with a water main issue. (Black Press Media file photo)

UPDATE: Pipe problems at Swartz Bay terminal resolved

Portable washrooms were available as toilet, food problems persisted

Washrooms and food service are down at Swartz Bay as the ferry terminal deals with a water main issue. (Black Press Media file photo)
The MV Quinitsa coming into the Crofton ferry terminal. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Ferry petition for improved Crofton-Vesuvius service surpasses 1,500 signatures

Limiting backlogs in each community seen as the benefit to a two-ferry system

The MV Quinitsa coming into the Crofton ferry terminal. (Photo by Don Bodger)
BC Ferries has cancelled two sailings leaving Swartz Bay for Tsawwassen and two sailings leaving Tsawwassen for Swartz Bay Thursday. (Black Press Media File).

Staffing shortage causes 4 ferry cancellations between mainland, Greater Victoria

Those with reservations get a refund, revert to standby status

BC Ferries has cancelled two sailings leaving Swartz Bay for Tsawwassen and two sailings leaving Tsawwassen for Swartz Bay Thursday. (Black Press Media File).
Chief Bill Cranmer of ‘Na̲mg̲is First Nation, BC Ferries planning and business advisor Linda Provost and BC Ferries president and CEO Mark Collins at a ceremony revealing the name of one of the new hybrid ferries that will service the Nanaimo-Gabriola route starting next year. (Photo submitted)
Chief Bill Cranmer of ‘Na̲mg̲is First Nation, BC Ferries planning and business advisor Linda Provost and BC Ferries president and CEO Mark Collins at a ceremony revealing the name of one of the new hybrid ferries that will service the Nanaimo-Gabriola route starting next year. (Photo submitted)
A BC Ferries vessel in Horseshoe Bay. The ferry corporation has added 167 sailings as it expects a busy holiday travel season. (News Bulletin file photo)

BC Ferries adding sailings for busy holiday travel season

Dec. 26-27 anticipated to be busiest travel days from Vancouver Island

A BC Ferries vessel in Horseshoe Bay. The ferry corporation has added 167 sailings as it expects a busy holiday travel season. (News Bulletin file photo)
BC Ferries reported record high vehicle traffic in its second quarter ending Sept. 30, 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)

BC Ferries reports record-breaking summer vehicle traffic in quarterly results

Vehicle traffic up 3 per cent from pre-COVID times in quarter ending Sept. 30

BC Ferries reported record high vehicle traffic in its second quarter ending Sept. 30, 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)
B.C. Ferries’ MV Quinsam vessel. (News Bulletin file)

Staffing issues cause cancellation of Nanaimo-Gabriola ferry sailings

MV Quinsam early-morning and night sailings replaced with water taxi service

B.C. Ferries’ MV Quinsam vessel. (News Bulletin file)
BC Ferries’ Coastal Celebration vessel has been reassigned from its regular route to accommodate one round trip sailing between Nanaimo and Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries’ Coastal Celebration vessel has been reassigned from its regular route to accommodate one round trip sailing between Nanaimo and Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)