January 4, 2012
Deputy Commissioner Releases Decision on Route 30 Service Disruption
On December 20, 2011, the vessel Coastal Inspiration experienced a hard landing upon arrival at Duke Point terminal. The terminal berth sustained significant damage and the vessel’s port side doors were also damaged. As a result, BC Ferries will operate its Tsawwassen mid-island sailings from Departure Bay in Nanaimo instead of Duke Point for up to six months until the berth is repaired. The commission was advised of the extraordinary situation and the temporary period of closure of the Duke Point terminal by letter on December 29, 2011. Under section 43 of the act, the variation of service on route 30 was deemd to be a reduction of service and is authorized for a period of up to six months. However, certain conditions apply:
- core service levels or the number of sailings specified under the Coastal Ferry Services Contract be maintained;
- BC Ferries to respond to information required by the commission by January 31, 2012
- BC Ferries to provide monthly reports to the commission and to the Ministry of Transportation and Infastructure regarding progress on the repairs to the terminal.
Click here to view Commission Order 12-01.
Click here to see BC Ferries’s response to the information requested by the commission.