One of the world's most spectacular harbours, and we'll have three ferries where no one can go outside, and where the views out the side of the vessels is less than ideal. The Seabus ride should be as famous as the Staten Island ferries, but it can't be with the design we have. Really unfortunate.
Is there any visible evidence of the progress of the new Seabus at WMG's Victoria facilities? They say that the completion is due in the summer of 2009. However, after experiencing what occurred with the Island Sky, I'm not so certain on that completion target date, as broad as it is.
Post by shipdaughterwife on Jan 5, 2009 17:47:17 GMT -8
Seabus is being built in the Aluminum Shop at the dry dock, the same shop where the Coast Guard Vessels and the Orcas (Navy Training Vessels) were built. There is nothing to see, as the work is being done inside.(Good for the workers at this time of the year, as the weather has been so cold.)
I heard that it would be complete by the end of September 2009.
Parts of the Seabus are also being built in Vancouver. The parts will be shipped to Victoria to be assembled here.
According to a report in the January "Western Mariner", Victoria Shipyards is building the wheelhouse structure and the hulls. ABD Enterprises ( North Van?) is fabricating the crossover structure ( joining the two hulls) and the passenger cabin erected on top of it. In early Feb. the completed structure will be barged to Victoria Shipyards ( Esquimalt Graving Dock ) where it will receive the wheelhouse structure and then be transferred onto the hulls and completed there. Delivery is scheduled for late 2009.
Post by ProudCanuck on Feb 6, 2009 13:46:35 GMT -8
New seabus has a name now: Burrard Pacific Breeze... Too busy in my opinion!
From Translink Website:
February 06, 2009 Naming SeaBus III? It’s a Breeze!
The third SeaBus vessel, expected to go into service this fall, is no longer “The Third SeaBus”. The “Burrard Pacific Breeze” has been chosen as the winning name in TransLink’s Name The SeaBus Contest. The name was submitted by Robert Waldman, an employee at Hastings Park Racecourse. “It was a no-brainer,” he says. “BC is Canada’s Pacific province, and ‘breeze’ suggests the tropical [influenced] weather we often get around here.”
“It’s important for a vessel to have a name that gives an image of the area it serves,” says TransLink CEO Tom Prendergast, “especially when we can expect it to serve us for many decades to come. Burrard Pacific Breeze does just that, and I congratulate Robert on coming up with a name that is truly a winner.”
Robert himself is a transit fan. “I take the bus to work every day,” he says, “even though the others at work laugh and say, ‘you’ve got a car – why take the bus?’ But I love not having the hassle of traffic.”
Burrard Pacific Breeze was picked out of more than 1200 submissions during the entry period last fall. The Mayors of West Vancouver, North Vancouver District and North Vancouver City decided on a short list of six entries and members of the TransLink Online Advisory Panel www.translinklistens.bc.ca voted on the winner.
Robert Waldman will get to take part in the official launching and christening ceremonies and ride on the inaugural voyage of the Burrard Pacific Breeze this fall. He also receives three three-zone monthly FareCards and that indescribable “special” feeling from knowing that the name he chose will be carried on one of Metro Vancouver’s more prominent, popular and practical icons.
When the Burrard Pacific Breeze initially goes into service, the other two SeaBuses, Burrard Otter and Burrard Beaver, will take turns getting a full refit. Between them, the Burrard Otter and the Burrard Beaver provided over 5.5 million rides in 2008.
Having all three SeaBuses in operation will allow an additional 800 people per hour to cross the harbour between Lonsdale Quay and Waterfront Station, in each direction.
I don't LOVE it, but I don't hate it... at least it has a meaning even if somewhat abstract.
The other two finalists were Burrard Coast Salish Sea and Burrard Seal
It's too abstract... is it just me, or does there seem to be an all around dumbing down of any type of meaning these days. We just happened to get lucky with Burrard Pacific Breeze: it can mean something (maybe), whereas the other finalists are hardly intelligent, let alone worth our consideration.
As for the Salish Sea... there is only so much catering we can do to satisfy a certain minority that insists on renaming things on the pretext that they will then not be offensive. They will never be satisfied, and the process itself is offensive, so we don't need another subtle hint/jab/sarcasm about it.
And, the Burrard Seal has the feeling it was too artificially contrived, in an attempt to make it seem to blend in with the other two names of the current vessels, yet it just doesn't fit properly and sounds rather conspicuous for being a hollow attempt at finding meaning. They could have chosen many other animals that convey some sense of meaning, that people appreciate and feel actually represent something... seals aren't so graceful, and they're even more like pests, .
I'd really like to know where these names keep coming from. Sure, this one was a contest, but who was making the final selections? Same thing with the Island Sky... come on! Didn't any of them go to school...? Read any books....? Take even one course in poetry to maybe learn to appreciate the difference between words the evoke beauty and meaning, and words that are empty?
A name should mean something, and just randomly jamming two words together and saying it's a name is not really too intelligent or thoughtful. Case in point: the very fact that BCFerries devoted an entire paragraph of their press release to explain the very vague meaning and references of the Island Sky's name, proves that it really means nothing, because a significant, thoughtful name should instantly inspire its own meaning in the mind of the person who reads it or hears it.
Last Edit: Feb 6, 2009 17:50:28 GMT -8 by Mill Bay