A. Wong

BC Ferries

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I am looking at reservations page on BC Ferries for the Summer schedule on Southern Gulf Island to Tsawwassen it seems like Queen of Nanaimo will be the main boat on the route with her home port being Long Harbour and Salish Eagle will fill the Bowen Queen job on route 9A.

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Quinsam preparing to dock at Nanaimo Harbour at from Descanso Bay on Gabriola Island:

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Quinsam by Blue Bus Fan, on Flickr

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Quinsam by Blue Bus Fan, on Flickr

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Quinsam by Blue Bus Fan, on Flickr

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Quinsam by Blue Bus Fan, on Flickr

Queen of Capilano on the Horseshoe Bay to Snug Cove route:

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Queen of Capilano by Blue Bus Fan, on Flickr

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Queen of Capilano by Blue Bus Fan, on Flickr

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Queen of Capilano by Blue Bus Fan, on Flickr

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M/V Salish Orca is delayed again until mid-May.

http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/british-columbia/salish-orca-delays-1.4096122

If Salish Orca does not enter service before June except BC Ferries to try to gain Transport Canada approve to enter operating certificate for the Queen of Burnaby to keep operating, if that fails. If the Queen of Burnaby get pulled from service on June 1st except major vessel change which could look like this:

1. Island Sky taking over the Powell River to Comox route until the Salish Orca enter service.

2. Bowen Queen and Quinitsa moves to the Earls Cove to Saltery Bay route.

If the Salish Eagle does not enter service by Summer schedule.

1. Only the Queen of Nanaimo on route 9 and no route 9a. 

2. Only single boat service on Southern Gulf Islands to Tsawwassen.

3. Enhanced / modified schedule on route 5. 

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According to the reserve page the M/V Salish Reaven enter service on the Tsawwassen to Gulf Islands on limited schedule on September 8th, 2017. 

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3 hours ago, Blue Bus Fan said:

The new 44-car Minor Class vessels construction to Demen Shipward Group:

http://www.bcferries.com/bcferries/faces/attachments?id=1043829

 
 
 

They are pretty nice looking imo, if a similar look to the new Salish-class... which I guess was probably on purpose.

New Minor Class BC Ferry Source: http://www.bcferries.com/bcferries/faces/attachments?id=1043829

Source: http://www.bcferries.com/bcferries/faces/attachments?id=1043829

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According to another forum I am the M/V Salish Eagle has enter service. 

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Spirit Class once converted to LNG will resume servicing route 1 year round:

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This Project to perform MLUs on the Spirit of Vancouver Island and Spirit of British Columbia presents an opportunity to reduce the operating costs of the S Class vessels to below that of the Coastal Class vessels, primarily through the adoption of LNG as fuel. This will allow the S Class vessels to resume their traditional role as the primary year-round vessels on Route 1. By extension, more flexible and cost-effective S Class vessels allow greater availability of the Coastal Class vessels for service augmentation and continuity elsewhere. 

http://www.bcferries.com/files/PDFs/Spirit_Class_MLU_Application_to_the_BC_Ferries_Commissioner.pdf

Finally, Coastal Renaissance could service route 2 year round.

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