When I was on tour of the Coastal Renaissance today (Sunday January 20th) I asked a number of crew about the future of the Tsawwassen.
She will return to service on the Saltery Bay-Earls Cove route, likely on the week of March 17th and will be there until early June when the new Island Sky takes over.
She will send a few weeks at Deas Dock to workout any problems that she may get between now and then.
On the last week in June she will fill the spot of the weekend and holiday vessel out of Tsawwassen on the Tsawwassen-Gulf Island route. Freeing the Bowen Queen to take over from the North Island Princess (That is due for engine rebuild that would keep her out of service from 7 to 10 weeks.) on the Powell River-Texada Island route.
With this piece of news, is anyone here want to take her last round trip from Tsawwassen to Long Harbour on September 1st, to hold her Wake?
Last Edit: Jan 20, 2008 18:53:12 GMT -8 by cosmicray
The NIP got two new engines in the fall of 2002. As many of us know BC Ferries gets their ship's engines rebuild every five years in order to keep them in good condition (The first year they where under "Warranty" from G.M.). With the Island Sky entering service and the Tsawwassen being available for route 9A, the summer of 2008 will be the right time to get this important work done on the NIP.
Last Edit: Jan 20, 2008 21:28:21 GMT -8 by cosmicray
Post by kylefossett on Jan 20, 2008 21:34:43 GMT -8
That extra capacity that will be on route 9a will make a lot of people happy. that is as long as they keep the schedule close to what it has been the last few summers with a dinner time departure from tsawwassen to long harbour with a stop at sturdies on fridays.
With the Tsawwassen Replacing the Bowen on Tsawwassen- SGI and the Bowen Replacing The NIP for it to go for refit in July/August is a Win-Win Situation, Both Routes Get an Upgrade in Car Capacity in the Busy Summer Season.
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Very interesting findings. . .good work 'cosmicray'. You will now be held liable for these 'plans' to come true. (haha, just kidding!) I like those ideas, they will definitely help on both routes for the busy sunner season, especially having the Tsawwassen on 9A instead of the Bowen Queen, even for foot passenger capacity. I have been rejected on the Bowen Queen in the summertime due to that very reason. . .not fun since the next sailing isn't simply an hour or two afterwards!
Rumours are fun, but I'll believe it when I see the official announcements.
I know I may be the most recent and most ardent fan of the Tsawwassen, but I thought I'd already said my good-byes too her.
If this is true, we'll need to think about doing some more big group expeditions on the Tsawwassen because the last one was most memorable.
As far as holding a wake, I dunno if I may even be in B.C. by Sept 1st if life or schooling take me where they will.
I'd love to be able to make a last voyage, but we'll have to see what happens. To date, I was on board for her current last day of service, so maybe I can hold on to that distinction a little longer, and I'm glad I did what I did in the end anyway.
Last Edit: Jan 20, 2008 23:06:21 GMT -8 by Mill Bay
Texada Island, one of the less overloaded routes in the system, getting a 50% increase in capacity for a whole summer.
An engine rebuild being done in the summer, extra boat or no.
Tachek operated in the past on the Texada run whenever the NIP went in for refit. However, the Tachek is now too small for the run, especially on pension check days (Now, you try to fit 40 cars onto a 30 car ferry. And To make matter worst hunting season starts around September 15th, so the last thing the captain on the Taxada ferry want to deal is a ferry load of p*ssed off pensioners at Blubber Bay or a ferry load of p*ssed off hunter armed with high powered rifles at Westview waiting to get on a boat that can't handle all there vehicles at once.)
It would be nice if BC Ferries had more then two 50 car ferries (the NIP and Quinitsa.) but, until they get other one, a 70 cars ferries will need to take there place.
With the Tsawwassen available for route 9A, doing the engine rebuild work on the NIP in the summer of 2008 maybe one of the few times they can do this work without getting a Island with 65% pensioners living on it p*ssed off at them.
Post by kylefossett on Jan 21, 2008 21:55:56 GMT -8
Difference being, that those vessels were not in use over the summer, and so caused no assignment disruptions.
so if the NIP was not going in to refit and the bowen queen was left on route 9a, where would the tsawwassen be this summer? not in use. so lets use it on a route that is under serviced in the summer and move the bowen queen to another route that is under serviced in the summer and make everybody happy. i know from ridning the bowen queen on the 620pm sailing to long harbour almost every friday last summer that they could have done with a bigger vessel on that route.
Tsawwassen is on the move, she transited from earls cove/saltery bay to tsawwassen last night and today she's on her way through active pass and didn't stop in sturdies bay...hmmm i wonder what she's up to
Last Edit: Jan 25, 2008 10:04:03 GMT -8 by cosmicray