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A BC Ferries vessel travelling from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay discovered this unoccupied Zodiac Sunday night. The ferry circled the vessel for 10 minutes before standing down on the advice of the Canadian Coast Guard. (Submitted)

Ferry en route to Vancouver Island discovers unoccupied Zodiac on open ocean

BC Ferries says smaller boat likely a tender that broke away

A BC Ferries vessel travelling from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay discovered this unoccupied Zodiac Sunday night. The ferry circled the vessel for 10 minutes before standing down on the advice of the Canadian Coast Guard. (Submitted)
A ferry pulls up to the Skidegate Landing terminal. (File/Haida Gwaii Observer)

Islanders want BC Ferries to follow order that lets residents board before tourists

For ferry-dependent communities, ferries are often the sole practical lifeline to work, school or medical appointments.

  • Jul 12, 2020
A ferry pulls up to the Skidegate Landing terminal. (File/Haida Gwaii Observer)
BC Ferries are seen leaving Horseshoe Bay near West Vancouver, B.C. Monday, March 16, 2020. The Canadian Ferry Association says BC Ferries is bleeding cash, with losses of up to $1.5 million per day as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take a toll on ridership. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

BC Ferries losing up to $1.5 million each day as pandemic tanks ridership

The company does not qualify for the wage subsidy

BC Ferries are seen leaving Horseshoe Bay near West Vancouver, B.C. Monday, March 16, 2020. The Canadian Ferry Association says BC Ferries is bleeding cash, with losses of up to $1.5 million per day as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take a toll on ridership. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
BC Ferries is adding more cargo sailings on the Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay Route from Monday to Friday, which limit passenger capacity to 84. (Provided by BC Ferries)

BC Ferries adds two daily cargo sailings on Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay route

Passenger capacity is limited to 84 on cargo sailings

BC Ferries is adding more cargo sailings on the Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay Route from Monday to Friday, which limit passenger capacity to 84. (Provided by BC Ferries)
Crew members assess the damage after a BC Ferries hit the berth while docking at Tsawwassen on Saturday, April 18. (Harshyb/Twitter photo)

UPDATE: Transportation Safety Board investigating hard landing at Tsawwassen ferry terminal

The incident took place at around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 18

Crew members assess the damage after a BC Ferries hit the berth while docking at Tsawwassen on Saturday, April 18. (Harshyb/Twitter photo)
BC Ferries able to restrict travel for sick passengers

BC Ferries able to restrict travel for sick passengers

Ferries working on schedule shifts to keep workers safe

BC Ferries able to restrict travel for sick passengers
People now allowed to stay in cars on BC Ferries to avoid COVID-19 spread

People now allowed to stay in cars on BC Ferries to avoid COVID-19 spread

Transport Canada has granted B.C.’s request, Premier says

People now allowed to stay in cars on BC Ferries to avoid COVID-19 spread
BC Ferries has cancelled 12 p.m. sailings leaving Tsawwassen and 2 p.m. sailing leaving Swartz Bay on March 17 and 18. (Black Press Media file photo)

BC Ferries cancels sailings between Vancouver, Victoria

Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay noon, 2 p.m. sailings cancelled Tuesday, Wednesday

BC Ferries has cancelled 12 p.m. sailings leaving Tsawwassen and 2 p.m. sailing leaving Swartz Bay on March 17 and 18. (Black Press Media file photo)
Access to the Swartz Bay ferry terminal were blocked by protesters in support of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation on Jan. 20, 2020. (Courtesy of Kolin Sutherland-Wilson)

BC Ferries gets injunction against demonstrations in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en

The preemptive injunction is a ‘last resort in the interest of public safety,’ spokesperson says

Access to the Swartz Bay ferry terminal were blocked by protesters in support of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation on Jan. 20, 2020. (Courtesy of Kolin Sutherland-Wilson)
BC Ferries is adding extra sailings in anticipation of the Family Day long weekend. (Black Press Media File)

Extra sailings added for popular BC Ferries routes for coming long weekend

20 extra sailings scheduled for Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay route for Family Day

BC Ferries is adding extra sailings in anticipation of the Family Day long weekend. (Black Press Media File)
Many sailings have been delayed or cancelled due to high winds and snow removal. (Black Press Media file photo)

High winds cause cancellations, delays for several BC Ferries routes

Snow removal, 60-80 km winds stop many morning sailings

Many sailings have been delayed or cancelled due to high winds and snow removal. (Black Press Media file photo)
Ferries sailing between Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay terminals are filling up quickly after almost all of Sunday’s sailings were cancelled due to high winds. (B.C. Ferry Services Inc.)

BC Ferries seeing serious delays after high winds

Additonal sailings added after Sunday cancellations

Ferries sailing between Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay terminals are filling up quickly after almost all of Sunday’s sailings were cancelled due to high winds. (B.C. Ferry Services Inc.)
BC Ferries has added 170 extra sailings for the holiday season. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)

BC Ferries adds 170 extra sailings for the holidays

6 a.m. and 10 p.m. sailings added for busy season

BC Ferries has added 170 extra sailings for the holiday season. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)
BC Ferries will be getting two new hybrid vessels for the new year. (File contributed/ BC Ferries)

BC Ferries’ two new hybrid vessels set sail for B.C. from Romania

Two Island Class ferries to be in use by 2020

BC Ferries will be getting two new hybrid vessels for the new year. (File contributed/ BC Ferries)
Military personnel, cadets and seniors can sail free on BC Ferries this Remembrance Day. (Black Press Media file photo)
Military personnel, cadets and seniors can sail free on BC Ferries this Remembrance Day. (Black Press Media file photo)
A photo from the released safety report showing how the accident involving the Queen of Cumberland happened. (From the Transportation Safety Board of Canada report M18P0087)

Safety report released in 2018 drill that left two BC Ferries workers injured

Transportation Safety Board releases report on ferry safety drill that turned into real-life rescue

A photo from the released safety report showing how the accident involving the Queen of Cumberland happened. (From the Transportation Safety Board of Canada report M18P0087)
BC Ferries had planned to sell beer or wine with a meal. (Black Press File)

Licence issue delays boozing while cruising on BC Ferries

Planned June launch for alcohol sales delayed

BC Ferries had planned to sell beer or wine with a meal. (Black Press File)
BC Ferries have announced extra summer sailings on their main routes. (BC Ferries/Twitter)

BC Ferries adds extra and late night summer sailings

Seasonal adjustments to sailing times also in effect on many routes

BC Ferries have announced extra summer sailings on their main routes. (BC Ferries/Twitter)
BC Ferries is asking recreational boaters to learn ferry signals. (Black Press Media file photo)

BC Ferries asks boaters to learn signals and be careful around vessels

BC Ferries responded to 15 marine emergencies in 2018

BC Ferries is asking recreational boaters to learn ferry signals. (Black Press Media file photo)
A fuel surcharge is being imposed by BC Ferries, due to rising fuel costs. (Peninsula News Review File)

BC Ferries adds fuel surcharge

On average fares to rise 1.5 per cent on most routes starting June 1

A fuel surcharge is being imposed by BC Ferries, due to rising fuel costs. (Peninsula News Review File)