Workers are preparing the dilapidated concrete ramp at Buckley Bay for the temporary barge service to Hornby during the two week shutdown. Perhaps this was the original ferry ramp.
Not much margin for error for commercial vehicle drivers.
At Shingle Spit, trucks will load at this ramp, which appears to be in better condition, though just as narrow further down. I'm not sure how they can thread the barge through the pilings to the ramp, but that's the plan.
Not much of a dock left at Shingle Spit right now, which complicates dockings during the constant windstorms this time of year.
I love the look of these old wooden berth structures that are slowly but surely being replaced by concrete and steel.
...and this one will be replaced, sometime in near future.
BCFerries is calling for proposals on designing an updated ramp and structures.
90884 RFP - Alert Bay Project Overview
The existing Alert Bay terminal is a single berth terminal with a ramp, apron, fixed headframe towers, fixed wingwalls, two starboard floating leads, and one port floating lead. The single lane ramp is a steel truss bridge with an asphalt surface over timber decking.
Project Requirements BC Ferries is looking to contract with a qualified designer registered in British Columbia to produce design drawings which will enable the construction work noted below to be undertaken at our terminals.
Alert Bay Provide design for: • Geotechnical Investigation • A new integrated pontoon with wingwalls • A new standardized ramp and abutment • A new standardized apron • Relocation of the port and starboard floating leads
Sealed Proposals are to be submitted to the above address by 2:00pm February 7, 2012
Post by Low Light Mike on Feb 6, 2012 19:37:44 GMT -8
I chatted with a toll-booth worker at Buckley Bay terminal, a couple of days ago. I asked about whether the Comox-Westview route will be operating out of Buckley Bay temporarily when upcoming repairs are done to Comox.
He said yes it would, and that this has been pushed back a year or so (as I've noted somewhere else on this forum, re the delay of planned projects).
He said that both the 'Burnaby and 'Chilliwack have done dock-fitting tests at Buckley Bay, and that the 'Burnaby did not fit the dock.
I asked about staging-area for traffic and he said that BCFerries might rent the field-area that is just south of the terminal alongside Hwy 19A.
One of those serendipitous (or ironic?) occasions that one can't help remarking on...
...after Mr Horn cheekily slips in a reference to the Metcalf Bay (sic) ferry landing district, the chap who was originally responsible for that little faux pas pops up in the very next post to correct someone else's little slip, after thinking about it for three months.
Well, I've certainly had a good dose of the Tenaka in the last few days; five crossings in all. Still one of my favorite ferries, although woefully inadequate for the run they have her on currrently- the Hornby route- though that's not entirely her fault.
This afternoon I was coming back from dropping my daughter off at Departure Bay. By the way... the Northfield turnoff is much superior to the marked route to the terminal- and the distance from the new highway to Departure Bay is perhaps five minutes, depending on the lights.
I was talking to one of the senior deckhands on the Hornby route. He was telling me that the Cortes crew apparently prefers Tenaka on that route, although residents and businesses like Tachek's vastly better overheight capacity.
The challenge for the Hornby crew is that the new berths were not designed for the vessels using them. This is despite the nice drawings I saw at the open house last fall which showed Kahloke, Tachek, and Quinitsa fitting perfectly into the Gravelly Bay and Shingle Spit docks. Ferries using the docks have to nestle against dolphins on one side, and Tenaka and Kahloke are so small that when berthed, they are decidedly off centre with the ramp. This isn't so much of a problem with the Kahloke, but Tenaka has three divided lanes, and the berthed angle is such that larger cars and pickups cannot be put into the portside lane- a real problem when the boat only takes 21-22 cars. I asked what vessel might comfortably use the dock, and the crewman replied, "Maybe the Island Sky"... which will happen perhaps when pigs fly or when Hornby gets a Marriott hotel.
This is a mystifying problem. Why would BC Ferries install supposedly one-size-fits-all docks when they have no intention of ever using a large ferry on the route? Even a layman such as myself can see that the docks are too big for the vessels that most likely will use them.
If the cable ferry option becomes a reality, we have heard that Quinitsa may be transferred to the Hornby route, but apparently Quinitsa may also be shifted to Port MacNeill, which apparently is problematic because of that vessel's ability to manoeuvre tides in Johnstone Strait.
The new docks look great, and are much easier for vehicles to navigate than the decrepit forty year old structures they replaced. Whether BC Ferries could have come up with something more serviceable by consulting the crews that use them everyday is another matter.
Campbell River has received self-serve ticketing kiosks, as per a tweet this afternoon. Will this be a future staple at minor terminals now...? I would find it to be a welcome addition at places like Little River, Westview or Saltery Bay, not so sure about somewhere like Heriot Bay...