Commission Seeks Public Comment on Section 55 Application

May 23, 2013
Opportunity to Comment on BC Ferries’ Proposal for New Vessels

The British Columbia Ferry Commission is seeking public comment on BC Ferries’ proposal to replace vessels on Route 9 (Tsawwassen – Southern Gulf Islands) and Route 17 (Powell River-Little River/Comox).

BC Ferries has submitted an application under Section 55 of the Coastal Ferry Act seeking the commissioner’s approval of the major capital expenditure necessary to acquire three new vessels to replace the Queen of Burnaby and the Queen of Nanaimo both of which are near the end of their service lives and are scheduled for retirement in fiscal 2017. 

Under Section 55 of the Act, the commissioner may approve a major capital expenditure if the proposed expenditure is reasonable, prudent, and consistent with the current Coastal Ferry Services Contract, and any long term capital plan established by the ferry operator.

Click here for a copy of BC Ferries’ application and here for Section 55 Application Guidelines established by the commissioner.

Comments or submissions can be sent by email to or by mail to BC Ferry Commission, PO Box 9279 Stn Prov Govt, Victoria BC, V8W9J7.

Deadline for public comments is June 17, 2013. Comments submitted to the commission may be published on our website.