Using the new berth, from the perspective of a foot passenger:
There are two foot passenger walkways. When unloading, you utilize the one shown on the left hand side, and it directs you to the walkway towards the exit gate in the holding compound. Loading uses the one on the right, and is accessed from the waiting room.
MP: Were they doing two lane unloading and loading at Little River?
I can answer this and the short answer is no. The captain came over the P.A. when we arrived at Little River informing passengers about the new berth. For now, they'll be doing single lane loading/unloading at Little River and Westview and in future they will utilize both lanes. I suppose they want to work out the kinks of this new berth before they start taking advantage of both lanes. This makes me curious if two lane loading/unloading requires additional crew training?
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Apologies for not posting any coverage from the last remaining weeks of this Project, however, if you'd like to view any I have not already posted here, they can all be viewed in a Set on my Flickr. With that out of the way, After almost 2 Months of Closure, the Westview Terminal is now back in Operation and after nearly 8 Months of Construction, the New Berth and Trestle are finally complete!!
The Interior of the Waiting Room. It's definitely a lot larger than its predecessor, although, there is a lack of cushioning on the seats which I hope gets added later. Westview Waiting Room. by CS16 Photography, on Flickr
The New Berth, Very Similar to Little River's with a few differences, for example the lack of Walkway on the left side of the ramp or the Control Station being on the right side. Island Sky Docked at Westview. by CS16 Photography, on Flickr
The Trestle is indeed Double Wide, however once the trestle ends, it merges back into one. I feel they could have widened the stretch up to the Holding lot so they could take advantage of Double-Lane loading but comparing the widths, it looks like you could barely fit two small vehicles into that stretch. Wharf Street, Westview. by CS16 Photography, on Flickr
Overall, they've done a great job rebuilding both the Westview and Little River's Berths and I feel they are worthy successors to the structures that previously stood there. Westview Berth and Trestle. by CS16 Photography, on Flickr
Post by Low Light Mike on Mar 12, 2014 16:41:15 GMT -8
Little River, seen from the Island Sky ferry:
pre-dawn view, at 5:40am - straight on
approaching before noon: - the new gantry is easily seen from a distance
A nice view of the approach to the corral
One thing I noticed about the new berth bridge at Comox: - the vehicle portion is grated, which means that it's difficult to walk or roll something (a baby stroller, wheelchair, etc), which is why there is the full length passenger lane on the bridge. For those disembarking passengers who don't follow directions, the grated bridge would be tough to walk on. For my disembarkation, there were a couple of passengers who ignored the attendant's direction and were called back.
We'll start with the Customer Appreciation Event that was held on Thursday. It was similar to past BC Ferries Events with Free Hot Dogs, Chips, Pop and Cake. There were also many people from BC Ferries there to answer questions about the project. Deborah Marshall was also there, but she disappeared conveniently around the same time the Island Sky was loading for the 12:00.
...and to be clear (before this takes on a life of its own), this incident has nothing to do with the ferry operations in that same area. This is not a "car goes off ramp" story at all. (because that's the first thing that I assumed)
The south marina area at Westview is way more than just the ferry terminal. Lots of places where a car could blast through some barriers and end up in the water.