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The impacts of COVID-19 have hit BC Ferries hard in the first quarter of 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)

BC Ferries revenue down $109 million in first quarter of 2020

COVID-19, reduced sailings and traffic left ferry service with $62 million net loss

The impacts of COVID-19 have hit BC Ferries hard in the first quarter of 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries. (Nicole Crescenzi/Black Press Staff)

Feds offer ‘life preserver’ funds to BC Ferries as pandemic sinks revenue

For every dollar the province spends the federal government will match

BC Ferries. (Nicole Crescenzi/Black Press Staff)
BC Ferries is projecting major financial losses this fiscal year, due to the drastic reduction in traffic during the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the lack of provincial or federal bailout funding. (Black Press Media file photo)

BC Ferries’ COVID-related financial woes compounded by lack of transit bailout funding

Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena insists no fare increases on the way

BC Ferries is projecting major financial losses this fiscal year, due to the drastic reduction in traffic during the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the lack of provincial or federal bailout funding. (Black Press Media file photo)
A ferry pulls up to the Skidegate Landing terminal. (File/Haida Gwaii Observer)

Islanders want BC Ferries to follow order that lets residents board before tourists

For ferry-dependent communities, ferries are often the sole practical lifeline to work, school or medical appointments.

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A ferry pulls up to the Skidegate Landing terminal. (File/Haida Gwaii Observer)
B.C. Ferries is adding 79 more sailings on select routes to accommodate their summer schedule, effective July 2. (BC Ferries photo)

BC Ferries adds nearly 80 more sailings to summer schedule

More roundtrips on select routes starting July 2

B.C. Ferries is adding 79 more sailings on select routes to accommodate their summer schedule, effective July 2. (BC Ferries photo)
BC Ferries MV Klitsa slides out of Brentwood Bay with a full load of passengers enroute to Mill Bay. (Black Press Media file photo)

Mill Bay Ferry back in service this week

Ferry service on the route was suspended in April

BC Ferries MV Klitsa slides out of Brentwood Bay with a full load of passengers enroute to Mill Bay. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries’ newest vessel, the Island Discovery, begins service on the Texada Island-Powell River route June 10. Photo supplied.

VIDEO: BC Ferries’ first hybrid vessel begins service on Texada-Powell River route June 10

New Port McNeill–Alert Bay–Sointula ferry also beginning service this month

BC Ferries’ newest vessel, the Island Discovery, begins service on the Texada Island-Powell River route June 10. Photo supplied.
BC Ferries are seen leaving Horseshoe Bay near West Vancouver, B.C. Monday, March 16, 2020. The Canadian Ferry Association says BC Ferries is bleeding cash, with losses of up to $1.5 million per day as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take a toll on ridership. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

BC Ferries losing up to $1.5 million each day as pandemic tanks ridership

The company does not qualify for the wage subsidy

BC Ferries are seen leaving Horseshoe Bay near West Vancouver, B.C. Monday, March 16, 2020. The Canadian Ferry Association says BC Ferries is bleeding cash, with losses of up to $1.5 million per day as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take a toll on ridership. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Major BC Ferries routes had 32,921 passengers over the Victoria Day long weekend. (BC Ferries/Twitter)

Long weekend passengers down 80 per cent on main BC Ferries routes

Health minister says those staying home are helping province move into phase two

Major BC Ferries routes had 32,921 passengers over the Victoria Day long weekend. (BC Ferries/Twitter)
BC Ferries is adding more cargo sailings on the Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay Route from Monday to Friday, which limit passenger capacity to 84. (Provided by BC Ferries)

BC Ferries adds two daily cargo sailings on Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay route

Passenger capacity is limited to 84 on cargo sailings

BC Ferries is adding more cargo sailings on the Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay Route from Monday to Friday, which limit passenger capacity to 84. (Provided by BC Ferries)
Crew members assess the damage after a BC Ferries hit the berth while docking at Tsawwassen on Saturday, April 18. (Harshyb/Twitter photo)

UPDATE: Transportation Safety Board investigating hard landing at Tsawwassen ferry terminal

The incident took place at around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 18

Crew members assess the damage after a BC Ferries hit the berth while docking at Tsawwassen on Saturday, April 18. (Harshyb/Twitter photo)
BC Ferries able to restrict travel for sick passengers

BC Ferries able to restrict travel for sick passengers

Ferries working on schedule shifts to keep workers safe

BC Ferries able to restrict travel for sick passengers
People now allowed to stay in cars on BC Ferries to avoid COVID-19 spread

People now allowed to stay in cars on BC Ferries to avoid COVID-19 spread

Transport Canada has granted B.C.’s request, Premier says

People now allowed to stay in cars on BC Ferries to avoid COVID-19 spread
BC Ferries has cancelled 12 p.m. sailings leaving Tsawwassen and 2 p.m. sailing leaving Swartz Bay on March 17 and 18. (Black Press Media file photo)

BC Ferries reduces sailings between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen

Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay noon, 2 p.m. sailings cancelled Tuesday, Wednesday

BC Ferries has cancelled 12 p.m. sailings leaving Tsawwassen and 2 p.m. sailing leaving Swartz Bay on March 17 and 18. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries says passengers can self-isolate in their cars but only in the open vehicle decks. (Black Press Media file photo)

COVID-19: BC Ferries passengers can self isolate on upper vehicle decks only

Transport Canada regulations prohibit people from staying in lower decks

BC Ferries says passengers can self-isolate in their cars but only in the open vehicle decks. (Black Press Media file photo)
Washington State Ferries said it will “robust cleaning procedures” in-between each and every sailing once sailings between Sidney and Anacortes resume March 29. (Black Press Media File)

Funding for Sidney-Washington ferry repairs still a question mark

Washington State Ferries could be without backup boat for international routes

Washington State Ferries said it will “robust cleaning procedures” in-between each and every sailing once sailings between Sidney and Anacortes resume March 29. (Black Press Media File)
The two Island Class hybrid ferries have been christened with new names ahead of going into service. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Two new hybrid BC Ferries ships christened with new names in Victoria ceremony

Island Aurora and Island Discovery will service Gulf Island and North Island routes

The two Island Class hybrid ferries have been christened with new names ahead of going into service. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
BC Ferries is adding extra sailings in anticipation of the Family Day long weekend. (Black Press Media File)

Extra sailings added for popular BC Ferries routes for coming long weekend

20 extra sailings scheduled for Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay route for Family Day

BC Ferries is adding extra sailings in anticipation of the Family Day long weekend. (Black Press Media File)
Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena announced the next phase to develop the vision for the future of coastal ferry service in Comox on Sunday. Photo by Mike Chouinard

Minister Trevena launches next ferry future phase for Island, Coastal communities

Members of the public have seven weeks to provide online input

Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena announced the next phase to develop the vision for the future of coastal ferry service in Comox on Sunday. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Tug boats pull in the second of two new hybrid vessels from BC Ferries. The vessels pulled into the Point Hope Shipyard after a two-month journey from Romania. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

PHOTOS: New BC Ferries hybrid vessels arrive in Victoria’s Inner Harbour

The ferries will run two gulf island routes in upcoming months

Tug boats pull in the second of two new hybrid vessels from BC Ferries. The vessels pulled into the Point Hope Shipyard after a two-month journey from Romania. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)