There is a staff member at Heriot Bay that collects fares and facilitates traffic loading. The person is not there full time, and only comes for the period of time the ship is in dock. Fares at Heriot Bay are cash only, if you want to use an experience card or credit you need to buy a ticket in Campbell River.
At both Heriot Bay and Whaletown the ramps are controlled by ship crew members.
The case of non-full time terminal attendants/ticket agents/equipment operators is actually fairly common. Sturdies Bay operates on a split-shift, as does Saturna. Port Hardy and Prince Rupert operate on a call-in basis, where they have to show up when the ship is scheduled.
so how does the split shift at saturna and sturdies bay work??
i got all this info from bc ferries terminal ops information.
Post by ferrytraveller on Jan 21, 2009 19:54:33 GMT -8
vancouver - vancouver island:
Tsawwassen - Manned Swartz Bay - Manned Duke Point - Manned Departure Bay - Manned Horseshoe Bay - Manned
Sunshine Coast: Bowen Island - Not Manned Langdale - Manned Earls Cove- NOT TICKETED, 1 terminal attendant ; 6 Terminals on staff total Saltery Bay - Manned Powell River ( Westview) - Manned Texada Island (Blubber Bay) - Unstaffed Powell River (Little River) - Manned
The other night, the Coastal Celebration did a hard landing in Berth 5. So I don't know if they're either trying to restrict the use of that berth with route 30 vessels so they can repair the berth, or there's some sort of upgrades being done to the waiting lounges.
To make matters more confusing, Berth 3 was closed this afternoon! The Inspiration was docked at Berth 5 for the 12:45 sailing, and the CC had to wait for it to leave before it could approach Berth 5. There was a FRPD barge and crane out at the end of Berth 3 doing some work. As of 5:30, however, the Inspiration was back to using Berth 3, so I guess the work was finished.
We continued to reinvest in our terminal infrastructure during the nine months ended December 31, 2008. We made significant upgrades to many of our terminals and made preparations for the arrival of the new Super C-class vessels and the Northern Expedition. Over the next five years, we plan to invest approximately $200 million in our terminals for building and marine structure upgrades.
Marine upgrades at Skidegate, Prince Rupert, Bear Cove and McLoughlin Bay have a total budget of $31 million of which $7.5 million was completed in the prior year.
The shifts at Sturdies Bay had an attendant coming in to sell tickets and operate the ramp then going home. I think it was a 2 hour shift. They would then return for the next shift in the afternoon. They would also handle rte 5/5A ships. At one time BCFC tried to bring the attendants on board the ship to increase the license. They had no shipboard training (fire fighting, life raft, emergency boat, shipboard first aid, etc) The crew would tell them to sit in the crews mess and not do anything. After a battle the union finally got this practice stopped.
Flug: regarding where the money will be spent, even small projects inside the terminals can take up money -- I believe a large cost component (if it is not covered elsewhere) may be upgrading the radio/communications systems at the terminals. Another cost component could be the infrastructure required for making wireless internet available at the major terminals, which has been talked and talked to death but nothing has been implemented.
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Post by ferrytraveller on Mar 1, 2009 12:48:21 GMT -8
the major cost for terminals is mostly replacing marine structures at most minor terminals, like dolphins, wingwalls ect., many of the old wooden pilings will be replaced with floating steel leads and new metal pads for the wing walls. These costs will also be including master terminal improvement plans, as they become impemented
At 250pm today in Tsawwassen, the Queen of Alberni is currently in Berth 5, while the Spirit of BC is in Berth 3.
A little backa$$words, wouldn't you say?? I have no idea why they would have docked them this way.
Hi Geeks!! Well, I can tell why it's happening;
BC Ferries are doing siding replacement on berth 5. Because Route 1 is every hour, it's impractical to use berth 1 as work progress would be really slow.
I went on the ferries yesterday, and last Friday and observed the work. They pull out the barge when Route 30 boats arrive and use berth 5.
Then, after 8pm it goes back to normal with New West tied up on berth 4.
Funny thing is the Victoria vehicle line up is actually where the Nanaimo traffic usually is, but we had to go up the berth 5 ramp, turn left and go all the way to berth 3. Nanaimo traffic was sitting where Victoria usually is. After 8pm it was vice versa.
Anyone know if berth 4 is operational for traffic? It seems to me it's just being a dock for the New West. The sidings are really old and rotten.
Edit: I had no idea this was from January! But, it's still happening today.
Last Edit: Jul 10, 2009 16:43:29 GMT -8 by deepsea989
Prior to the expansion of both the hold area and the pre ticket booth area ,it was common to have the long single lane queue along the highway. If required is B.C. ferries still allowed to do this or would they just divert Nanaimo Traffic to Route#30 until the traffic backlog cleared up?
They still do in a way. With the latest expansion, they have an upper holding lot, right below the new overpass for the Sea to Sky highway that holds about 8 or 9 lanes for maybe 500m long. It's frustrating as heck falling into that trap if you didn't know Horseshoe Bay was overflowing, because chances are you won't be able to get out and turn around to drive out to Tsawwassen. When I lived in Squamish, it was nice being able to drive over the terminal on the overpass, and look down to see if there was huge lineups or not, so I'd know to just drive to Tsawwassen if it was too busy.
Post by ferryfanyvr on Aug 17, 2009 19:39:01 GMT -8
There's one thing that has mystified me about Swartz Bay terminal ever since berth 2 was upgraded.....the shared overhead walkway between berths 2 and 3. Which vessel(s) is the berth 3 walkway supposed to fit? As far as I can tell, neither the Coastals, Spirits, nor the New West have access gates in the proper position for that berth 3 ramp. Maybe there were/are plans to install a gate on the Cumberland like the Capliano uses at HSB? I haven't had a chance to see the Cumberland in berth 3 to check out if that may indeed be a possibility.
To answer your first question, no. The plan was to have it go from Vancouver to an area near Duke Point terminal. and for your Second Question, the Old Berth at Saltery Bay is used mainly as a secondary berth for Route 7 when the main berth is under repairs and as a layover berth for the Queen of Chilliwack. Though other vessels have berthed there in the past such as the I-Sky, the Tsawwassen, and in one odd case in the early 2000s, the Nimpkish.
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Post by ferrytraveller on Jan 10, 2010 15:02:47 GMT -8
heres a few tid bits about terminal construction or maintenance jobs i've dug up lately, most have been completed :
JANUARY 4 –JANUARY 24 Whaletown Terminal Cortes Island – Quadra Island
Commencing January 4, 2010 through to January 30, 2010 several marine structures will be refurbished at the Whaletown Terminal.
While the majority of the work will be done during daytime hours, some late-night work will be necessary to take advantage of low tides. Noise will be kept to a minimum, particularly during the nighttime hours.
No service interruptions are anticipated. BC Ferries appreciates your patience while we complete this necessary berth maintenance.
BERTH 4 - TSAWWASSEN Work has started on the Berth 4 upgrade at Tsawwassen. The project includes replacement of the sheet pile wall, dolphins, turning dolphins, wingwall, foot passenger walkway, lower ramp and aprons, counterweight lifting system with a hydraulic active lift system, hydraulic winches, steel support structures, expanding the cathodic protection system and installing new electrical power distribution. The project is scheduled for completion by February 2011. The work will present many challenges as we deal with berth closures at various times during that period. A work around plan has been developed.
Berth 2 Rebuild
Berth 2 at Tsawwassen Terminal is being rebuilt over the winter season as part of our fleet-wide terminal and vessel renewal plans. The berth, which is the oldest of the five operational berths at the terminal, has been closed since September 2004 and will reopen in May 2005. The project includes the construction of a new ramp, support towers, marine structures, including dolphins and wingwalls, attendant catwalks and a new foot passenger waiting lounge and gangway. Electrical and water services will also be upgraded. In addition to being the operational berth for Route 9, the rebuilt berth will also accommodate night tie-up for both the Spirit and new Super C-class vessels.
Sturdies Bay Berth Rebuild
On May 21, 2005, BC Ferries hosted a Customer Appreciation Day at the Sturdies Bay terminal on Galiano Island to celebrate the completion of a seven-month, $2.7 million replacement project that included a 20-day dock closure. The Sturdies Bay terminal, which was constructed almost 40 years ago and nearing the end of its service life, was closed to replace the ramp, ramp towers and the ramp abutment. The new dock, which has a minimum lifespan of 20 years, significantly improves safety and service by: Expanding the width of the ramp from 4.7 to 5.8 metres. Improving safety and loading times by providing foot passengers separate access on and off the vessel. Providing two new transition aprons to modify the angle of the apron/ramp configuration and reduce the risk of trucks hanging-up on the ramp. This is an important improvement for Sturdies Bay, which experiences a large fluctuation in tide levels.
Kuper Island Berth Rebuild
As part of our ongoing investment in infrastructure throughout the fleet, we recently invested $3.3 million in Kuper Island’s berth infrastructure. During the final stage of the project, which involved replacing the aging marine structures to ensure the continued safe operation of the terminal, the dock was closed for 12 days. During this time, a passenger-only water taxi service provided service between Kuper Island and Chemainus. Thanks to the many employees who pulled together to make this project a success.(2006)
A BERTH IS BORN AT SWARTZ BAY
On October 18, we officially opened our new state-of-the-art floating berth at Swartz Bay terminal. The $25 million project was undertaken to replace the outdated ramp and marine structures and bring a sophisticated new level of technology to the company’s berthing arrangements. The improved design speeds up the loading and unloading process with fewer ramp adjustments, as the new ramp rises and falls with the tide. The berth is now able to accommodate a Spirit-class vessel and will also be able to service the Coastal Celebration, the new Super Cclass vessel that will be sailing on the Swartz Bay – Tsawwassen route by the summer of 2008. The 180-metre long concrete pontoon was built in North Vancouver by Vancouver Pile Driving before being towed to Swartz Bay. Ramsay Machine Works of Sidney, B.C., manufactured the steel work, including the massive steel ramp. Hebden Engineering and Fraser Engineering were responsible for the design of the new facility with BC Ferries’ Terminal Maintenance department completing the entire electrical installation for the berth. Project Management was provided by Terminal Asset Management, a partnership between BC Ferries and SNC-Lavalin.
HORSESHOE BAY & DEPARTURE BAY PREPARE FOR THE SUPER CS
In order to accommodate our new Super Cs, which are longer and wider than our existing C-class ships, we’re investing $28 million to extensively upgrade the berths at Departure Bay and Horseshoe Bay terminals. More than 20 B.C. companies are involved in the project that includes marine, anchoring, hydraulic, electrical, painting and communication contractors; environmental and engineering consultants; steel fabricators; surveyors; corrosion protection companies; electrical equipment suppliers; and diving companies. As a result of the project, alternating berth closures will continue at both terminals until June 2007.
ALERT BAY TERMINAL OPENING
On August 24, BC Ferries employees and members of the community joined together to celebrate the opening of a new and improved terminal at Alert Bay. The terminal upgrade, which cost approximately $2 million, included expanding the holding compound by one lane, designating pickup and drop off areas and building a new foot passenger waiting room. The ceremony began with a welcome by Manuel Achadinha, Vice President, Terminal Operations, followed by a traditional blessing ceremony by 'Namgis Chief Bill Cranmer and speeches from Alert Bay Mayor John Rowell and Regional District Chair Brenda Swanson. The terminal was officially opened with a special cedar ribbon cutting ceremony.
$30 million Dock Upgrades Complete
Excellent work by the teams involved in the largest berth upgrade project BC Ferries has ever undertaken. The project, which involved modifications at Port Hardy, Prince Rupert, Skidegate and McLoughlin Bay, was undertaken to replace aging assets and upgrade marine structures to accommodate the Northern Expedition. The berths are now standardized with a floating pontoon and ramp arrangement designed to accommodate square-sterned vessels and conform to the ISO international standard for roll-on/roll-off vessels, making them the most modern ferry berths in Canada.
feel free to add to it if you've found more terminal construction jobs
Post by ferrytraveller on Jan 18, 2010 12:26:02 GMT -8
Horseshoe Bay Terminal
Please be advised that starting January 5, 2010, Vancouver Pile Driving will commence scheduled berth maintenance on Berth 1. The project will run for approximately 4 weeks.
The project will add protection to the seabed floor to prevent scouring and reinforce the existing marine structures. A similar project is planned for Berth 2 during the month of March 2010.
As a result of the Berth 1 closure, customers can expect different loading and unloading patterns and the potential for sailing delays.
BC Ferries appreciates the patience of our customers as we work to upgrade the terminal infrastructure.
UPDATE #2 BERTH CONSTRUCTION EXTENDED LANGDALE TERMINAL
Dock construction at the primary berth at the Langdale terminal is now expected to be substantially completed by November 23, 2009.
Last month, the contractor experienced difficulties removing old pilings and driving new ones into the till, which took extra time to complete. As a result of the delay in schedule, the contractor was forced to perform the next stage of the project during a poor low tide cycle. This meant welding and grouting connections could only be accomplished in short time frames and the contractor lost time waiting for favourable low tides to return, which further delayed the project. Inclement weather was also a factor.
The contractor will remain on site until the end of December to finalize the project; however this is not expected to cause delays.