In the April Western Mariner, there is an interesting article on Shearwater Marine's Central Coaster, with a picture of that boat offloading at the BC Ferries Shearwater terminal.
Would this make Shearwater the only BC Ferries dock that's used by another company, or does anyone know of any other cases?
I would expect that Shearwater, Ocean Falls, Klemtu (old terminal) and Bella Coola are all facilities for multi-company use. I also suspect that BC Ferries is not the owner of these mentioned terminals, although they might have leasehold-improvements on them, that they own - ie. they own part of the structure equipment, but not the main wharf/jetty/dolphin itself.
The NorAd sails south this Good Friday, April 22. When she gets to Port Hardy she is scheduled to be relieved by the NorEx. The NorEx is expected to make her first 'call' at Klemtu on Easter Sunday, April 24th at 5:30 AM. The NorEx is too big to fit into the Klemtu 'down town' terminal. The new berth & related facilities must be in service by that time.
If this all is not going to happen at this time due to delays in completing the terminal, I would then expect to see a service notice.
Post by Low Light Mike on May 1, 2011 16:36:10 GMT -8
Today I learned that the summer Route-40 Queen of Chilliwack will still be using the in-town old wharf at Klemtu, and not be using the new NorEx berth north of town.
Reasons: 1) The Chilliwack is too small for the new berth, so it would need to be ballasted for the 'Wack.
2) The Chilliwack's significance to the Klemtu community & to the Route-40 passengers is to provide the community with a Sunday night dining-room, and to provide the passengers with a walking-visit to the village and big-house.
Makes sense to me, for the 10 days a year that the Chilliwack will call at Klemtu.
As for the rest of the year, the NorEx will make good use of the new terminal up the channel.
Post by Low Light Mike on Jul 30, 2011 9:43:08 GMT -8
Bella Coola terminal, as seen in morning on Monday, July 11, 2011 from the arriving and departing Queen of Chilliwack. -----------------
The scene, through a number of zooms. - the sea water at North Bentinct Arm is a nice turquoise colour, because of all the rock flour in the water from the rivers and streams. - the Bella Coola river's estuary and the town are a few KMs east of the terminal.
- we're actually departing here, but this is a good introduction photo to set the scene. Follow the wake to see where we came from. The terminal is at the cluster of buildings at the base of the mountain, on the right.
- another departure shot, to show you where we had previously arrived at.
We dock stern-in (#2 end) at the Bella Coola berth. - all other landings on our weekend were bow-in. - Notice the officer near the rail at the #2 end.
Post by Low Light Mike on Jul 30, 2011 20:53:37 GMT -8
Scenes around the Bella Coola terminal, as seen on July 11, 2011.
Looking towards the townsite, but the town is hidden behind a hill. - the flats of the Bella Coola River estuary are seen
You know that you're at a route-40 ferry terminal when....
The marina that's next to the ferry dock.
The Tallheo Cannery building is across the inlet from the ferry dock.
The caravan of departures traffic has arrived at the dock, ready to board. - the traffic is originally processed and marshalled at the Co-op parking lot in town, a few KMs away, and is then lead to the berth in a convoy with a pilot car, once the vessel calls for traffic.