BAYNES SOUND CONNECTOR - Photos & Discussion Sept 22, 2018 8:43:57 GMT -8
Post by compdude787 on Sept 22, 2018 8:43:57 GMT -8
A seemingly reactive gripe on the Hornby facebook page actually got me thinking, once I contemplated it. We hear so much these days about the horrific effect of microplastics in our oceans. One of the selling points of the cable ferry project was the environmental aspect; the significant decrease in fuel consumption, and the accompanying decline in exhausts. But I don't know if BC Ferries ever produced figures on the amount of plastic the cable would be shedding into Baynes Sound.
I believe we were told that each cable was going to last three years. That has proven to be nowhere near accurate. I haven't tallied exactly how many changes there have been.
The cables are not 'coated', as is often mistakenly stated. The plastic is actually embedded throughout, and works as a dry lubricant. It seems to start shedding as soon as the cables hit the salt water, judging by the visible rusty metal. As the cables run through the sheaves on the ferry, more of the plastic wears off. Each cable is a mile long.
I wonder if BC Ferries has an educated guess on how much plastic this project has contributed to Baynes Sound. Along with the fact that TC has required them to have a crew of four as opposed to the three that they planned on when they told us how much money would be saved, and the occasional breakdowns which seem to be a result of intrinsic shortcomings in the vessel, the advantages overall seem to be somewhat tenuous.
Well, unfortunately, there's tradeoffs to everything. It is quite alarming how often the cables wear out and need to be replaced, though. BC Ferries sure isn't saving much money with this cable ferry.