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Nanaimo - Vancouver foot passenger ferry service

The passenger ferry should be in operation mid summer 2018.

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Island Ferries has made a bid for a berth at Vancouver’s SeaBus terminal in its effort to start a new passenger ferry service.

Island Ferries has responded to an expression of interest from TransLink, which says it’s exploring the possibility of hosting private ferry and water taxi operators for service between the Vancouver SeaBus terminal and Victoria, Nanaimo and the Sunshine Coast.

Island Ferries, looking to start up a passenger ferry between Nanaimo and downtown Vancouver, has already inked an offer to lease with Nanaimo Port Authority for its Port Way facilities.
http://www.nanaimobulletin.com/news/...ncouver-berth/

http://www.nanaimobulletin.com/news/...ort-authority/

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It's good to see this service so close to reality. Nanaimo may have a mini-boom coming.
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^ Depends on how fast it is I suppose. If it becomes economical time-wise to live in Nanaimo and take the passenger ferry to Horseshoe Bay you might see more people choosing the slower pace and affordability of Nanaimo, and commuting across the Straight for work.
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^ Depends on how fast it is I suppose. If it becomes economical time-wise to live in Nanaimo and take the passenger ferry to Horseshoe Bay you might see more people choosing the slower pace and affordability of Nanaimo, and commuting across the Straight for work.
I believe that it is supposed to be a one hour journey from downtown to downtown.
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^ that's not bad, I misread the part where they said they'd be docking at the seabus terminal

I have friends in the Vancouver area whos commute is longer that by car
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^ that's not bad, I misread the part where they said they'd be docking at the seabus terminal

I have friends in the Vancouver area whos commute is longer that by car
It has been done before. The Seabus terminal is an excellent location and very central. Back in the 90s I used the seacat service quite a bit. There were two problems, the price (it was expensive). It could be a very bumpy ride in rough weather.

Good to see it come back. Perhaps the population, more people working from home and the property valuations in Vancouver will make this a success this time.
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It has been done before. The Seabus terminal is an excellent location and very central. Back in the 90s I used the seacat service quite a bit. There were two problems, the price (it was expensive). It could be a very bumpy ride in rough weather.

Good to see it come back. Perhaps the population, more people working from home and the property valuations in Vancouver will make this a success this time.
I didn't realize they ran that service before. I used the fastcat service quite a bit when I lived down there in the late '90's departing from Horseshoe Bay as I had friends in Nanaimo, didn't know there was a service from the seabus terminal. At the time though I was pretty poor being right out of school so I doubt I could've afforded it!
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I didn't realize they ran that service before. I used the fastcat service quite a bit when I lived down there in the late '90's departing from Horseshoe Bay as I had friends in Nanaimo, didn't know there was a service from the seabus terminal. At the time though I was pretty poor being right out of school so I doubt I could've afforded it!
It was a passenger only service was using Royal Sealink Express.

Here is a wikipedia page on one of the services: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HarbourLynx
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I have an update from the island ferry services website.

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Happy 2018 to our friends and followers!

Although we have been responding directly to messages, email, and media and personal calls, it has been awhile since we posted broader update. Indeed, one is overdue.

There are essentially 5 major components to this project – terminals in each of Nanaimo and Vancouver, two Transport-Canada-certified ships, competent people, and adequate financing. Of course there is a myriad of details but these are the big pieces.

We reported earlier that we had reached agreement with the Nanaimo Port Authority on the Terms of an Offer to Lease. Broadly, this agreement will permit us to operate from the Port’s passenger and ship berthing facility, as well as to lease a portion of their property at 100 Port Drive for parking.

In order to ultimately enter into a lease agreement, the NPA requires that that an Environmental Assessment be conducted to assess the impact of our operations. We have agreed on the scope of that assessment and have engaged an environmental consulting firm to do the work, an effort that will require input from key stakeholders, most notably the Snuneymuxw First Nation.

On the Vancouver side, there had been interest expressed from a few operators to make use of berth(s) at the South SeaBus Terminal. (You may have seen recent media reports where a Vancouver-Victoria proponent stated that they would not be going ahead with a possible service). Given that interest, TransLink issued a Request for Expressions of interest in mid-September 2016. Submissions were due on October 15, 2016.

Given the substantial interest from central Vancouver Island, we believe that our proposed service is likely to be the most consistent with TransLink’s public transportation mandate and is most likely to offer TransLink the best financial return.

Last Friday (January 5, 2018), their procurement staff advised that the RFI was closed (which we take to mean that their evaluation of responses is complete) and that their Real Estate Department will now make contact with the preferred proponent(s).

Construction continues on schedule on our ships. Although our first two vessel s were sold to a third party when we couldn’t put all the pieces together in time, the replacement ships are identical to those already certified by Transport Canada with one exception – the engines will now comply with the International Maritime Organization’s Tier 3 requirements, the most stringent air emissions standards in the marine environment. The ships are scheduled to be completed by end-May 2018, trialed and then transported to Nanaimo.

On the people side, we are delighted to have received over 150 resumes and expressions of interest. We respond to – and are holding onto – each and every such submission. Moreover, we intend to hold a hiring fair at some point in the spring of 2018

Finally, to close financially with our infrastructure investor, we need an executable lease from the NPA, an executable operating license from TransLink, and executed ship contracts. As noted earlier, we’ve moved forward on the critical pieces and, of these, are looking forward to entering into the key next piece -- discussions with TransLink.
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^ nice to see this has legs. We usually stay in Coal Harbour when in Vancouver, it’s be great to be able to take a side trip to the island without having to find our way to Horseshoe Bay
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