Originally Posted by SOSS
Commercial traffic on BC Ferries keeps BC Ferries in business. Shipping goods via some unconventional means to the island just means additional transportation costs since it would first mean trucks/trains unloaded in Vancouver then reloaded on the island for final delivery.
There is also Seaspan. They operate several Commercial ferries between Delta/Surrey and the Island.
They offer an interesting service where a driver drops off a trailer on one side, Seaspan loads it onto their ferry, then unload it into a parking lot on the other side where it is picked up by another driver. BC ferries also offers this service, where you can drop a trailer off at a terminal and BC ferries has little electric cabs that drive them onto the ferry and then off the other side.
I also think a direct goods pipeline would be impossible to engineer. The Natural Gas pipeline to Vancouver Island crosses up from the Sunshine Coast, up the length of Texada island to the Comox area then back down the length of the Island to Victoria.