BC Ferries is exploring the potential of expanding its business for commercial and freight traffic between Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island during late-night hours.
The ferry corporation has been running commercial sailings on the route from Tsawwassen to Duke Point (Nanaimo), beginning earlier this month until October 7, 2021.
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These sailings on the Queen of New Westminster depart Tsawwassen at 9:15 pm and Duke Point at 12:15 am daily from Monday to Thursday.
According to the ferry corporation, it is seeing heightened demand for commercial goods, specifically in the growth of e-commerce, groceries, and general freight.
If the pilot project proves to be a success, this could be an ongoing service for BC Ferries during hours that do not interfere with passenger and general vehicle operations. However, these pilot sailings do allow a limited number of passengers travelling in under-height vehicles. No catering services are being offered on these sailings.
Seaspan also operates a ferry business for commercial and freight traffic, with its terminals located in Delta, Surrey, Duke Point, and Swartz Bay (Victoria).
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