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New ferry service for Colwood-CFB Esquimalt run

Apr 05 2012

Victoria Harbour Ferry Company plans to establish a new user-pay ferry service between Colwood and CFB Esquimalt to replace the cancelled Blue Boat service that ends April 30.

Company vice president of operations Barry Hobbis made the announcement Wednesday, saying a 40-passenger vessel is ready to go immediately and there is a second with the same capacity that will be ready for service in early May.

CFB Esquimalt was forced to cancel its ferry service because of decreased staffing levels. The popular Blue Boats carried staff across Esquimalt Harbour to avoid rush-hour traffic. The impending cancellation is expected to add between 400 and 600 vehicles to the already heavily congested morning and evening commutes in and out of the West Shore.

“We have indicated to the Department of National Defence our interest in establishing a new service and are currently in discussions with them to work out operational logistics,” said Hobbis. “We hope to conclude an agreement in the very near future, so we can have the service up and running on May 1 to give commuters a seamless transition from the existing Blue Boat ferry service.”

Victoria Harbour Ferry owns and operates a fleet of 14 small 12-passenger ferries and one 40-passenger vessel. Its H2O Taxi service provides direct point-to-point service between 17 stops around the harbour.

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