BC Ferries cuts sailings out of Prince Rupert


#1

Prince Rupert - Port Hardy is being reduced from 122 round-trip sailings a year to 83 round-trip sailings a year

Prince Rupert - Skidegate (QCI) is being reduced from 191 round-trip sailings a year to 139 round-trip sailings a year.

Total reduction = 91 round trips

Effective as of April 1, 2014.

Cost savings from these Prince Rupert reductions are 5.72 million a year.

Also seeing cuts is the Skidegate - Alliford Bay (the ferry that connects Sandspit to the rest of QCI), this run is being cut from 4482 round-trip sailings a year to 2918 round-trip sailings a year.

The Port Hardy - Mid Coast - Bella Coola route has been completely scrapped, eliminating those 39 annual round-trip sailings.

Those two reductions will save 2.65 million a year.

Thoughts?


#2

We could cut all the sailings and save much more money. [/tongue_cheek]


#3

Clearly the election proved that the BC Liberals are the only party capable of running the province.

If they feel a need to save $8M then I think we have to trust their judgement.

Besides, in a couple of years, when the LNG money starts rolling in, we will each have our own yacht and we won’t need BC Ferries at all.


#4

[quote=“bthedog”]Prince Rupert - Port Hardy is being reduced from 122 round-trip sailings a year to 83 round-trip sailings a year

Prince Rupert - Skidegate (QCI) is being reduced from 191 round-trip sailings a year to 139 round-trip sailings a year.

Total reduction = 91 round trips

Effective as of April 1, 2014.

Cost savings from these Prince Rupert reductions are 5.72 million a year.

Also seeing cuts is the Skidegate - Alliford Bay (the ferry that connects Sandspit to the rest of QCI), this run is being cut from 4482 round-trip sailings a year to 2918 round-trip sailings a year.

The Port Hardy - Mid Coast - Bella Coola route has been completely scrapped, eliminating those 39 annual round-trip sailings.

Those two reductions will save 2.65 million a year.

Thoughts?[/quote]

If you look at the breakdown in the North Coast Review article a bit more closely you will see that the $5.72 million savings on the two Prince Rupert routes, and the $2.65 million savings on the Skidegate and mid-Coast routes are to 2016 rather than per year.

northcoastreview.blogspot.ca/201 … ction.html


#5

Once again the corp and the board have NOT done their job…namely the pay for top employes,it sends a bad message that they are thumbing their noses at the gov!SHAME!


#6

I read how they’ll be saving $6 million by cancelling free sailings for seniors.
Interesting twist on the concept of “saving money”/
So IF all those seniors still sail and now pay for it, you could earn $6 million more dollars. That’s not savings in my book, that’s new income. They could earn up to $6 million more, they didn’t save shit…


#7

Rest easy all yee doubters…this is part of the grand plan.
When the G. Massey tunnel is decommissioned the plan is to barge it up to Rupert to join Digby to the metropolitan Rupert area. Plans for Haida Gwaii yet to be revealed: definitely the right party and leader were elected to ensnare our future.
I heard it while filling in my Canpotex application at the A&W.


#8

Nudge, nudge, wink, wink. Say no more. :smile:


#9

Why would you keep running empty, money losing ferries? If we demand BC Ferries cut the top end waste (and we should), then we should also cut waste in all areas.


#10

why wouldnt they lower the cost to ride the ferry and increase ridership… the last time i was on the ferry it was damn near empty because people would rather drive from the island up than take the ferry from pt hardy costing a grand each way… fuck that noise.


#11

just put slot machines on the rupert to hardy and rupert to skidgate that will generate good amounts of money


#12

You’re making sense. Stop that right now. Obviously the only thing that BC Ferries can do is to continue to cut services until they make a profit. They may need to cut all ferry runs as this will stop them from losing money.


#13

If they keep cutting runs soon they will be making money as they no longer need fuel or employees as the boats will be all docked.

Tongue in cheek.


#14

I am not sure why they are going the band aid route. Just sell it like they did BCRail. Throw in BC Hydro while they are at it.

Then we can be done with all the harm perpetrated by that Socialist Credit party led by Wacky Bennett.


#15

[quote=“DWhite”]I am not sure why they are going the band aid route. Just sell it like they did BCRail. Throw in BC Hydro while they are at it.

Then we can be done with all the harm perpetrated by that Socialist Credit party led by Wacky Bennett.[/quote]

in spite of your looks, you are not a very good troll.


#16

The fares are already lowered and subsidized by other routes. It’s part of the price one pays for living in the middle of nowhere.


#17

I think you would find a reasonable rate for passenger and vehicle would result in more traffic on the ferry and increased revenue or at least maintain the current revenues. the current rates are absolutely ludicrous hence the lack of ridership… which is of course by design. They want to get rid of the northern routes.

Every time I’ve been on the ferry its been damn near empty as opposed to years ago when it was full.

Also BC ferries is meant to be part of our highway system and to expect profits from such a venture is a mistake IMO. We do not expect our roadways to profit in fact they cost us billions in maintenance per year.


#18

There is a community input meeting about ferries coming up the coast, and I believe they stop in Prince Rupert on December 5th. It’s posted at the library (though it’s not a poster by any means, just some details from a web page). I’ll double check when I get to work.


#19

Here we go. BC Coastal Ferries Community Engagement. According to this they’ll be in PR on the 5th of December, 5-8 pm at the Crest.


#20