BC Ferries cable ferry celebrates first anniversary

BC Ferries cable ferry celebrates first anniversary
BC Ferries and Seaspan representatives at Baynes Sounds Connector's naming ceremony

BC Ferries’ cable ferry, Baynes Sound Connector, has made more than 10,200 sailings since she entered service on the Buckley Bay – Denman Island route in Canada in February 2016.

Built by Seapsan’s Vancouver Shipyard, the ferry accommodates 50 vehicles and 150 passengers and crew. The vessel uses one drive cable and two guide cables to travel a distance of 1,900 metres between Denman Island and Buckley Bay at a speed of up to 8.5 knots. This makes Baynes Sound Connector one of the longest cable ferries in the world.

Baynes Sound Connector started conducting soft sailings on 22 January 2016 and officially started regular full-time service on 9 February 2016.

“The Baynes Sound Connector has certainly met and exceeded our expectations,” said Captain Jamie Marshall, vice president of Fleet Operations at BC Ferries. “The ship consumes 50% less fuel than the previous vessel, it has the ability to make more trips at peak times when demand is high, and its on-time performance is at 97.6%.”

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Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson
Monday, February 20, 2017