Clipper to launch Vancouver to Victoria ferry service in 2018

Clipper to launch Vancouver to Victoria ferry service in 2018
Halunder Jet will be retrofitted to Clipper’s specifications and reflagged before starting service (Image:FRS Helgoline)

Clipper is to launch a new passenger ferry service between downtown Vancouver and Victoria in Canada in spring 2018.

The Canadian operator will offer the service on a 52-metre, high-speed catamaran, Halunder Jet, from its parent company, FRS. Currently operating in the North Sea, the 579-passenger ferry was custom built for FRS’ operations between Hamburg and Heligoland. The vessel has operated in difficult sea conditions similar to the Salish Sea and uses a motion dampening system to help consistently deliver a comfortable ride for customers.

Halunder Jet will be retrofitted to Clipper’s specifications and reflagged for its new operation ahead of the spring 2018 launch.

“For more than 30 years we have safely and reliably operated ferry services around the Salish Sea, and we know that customer comfort is again paramount for our new Vancouver to Victoria route,” said Tobias Haack, CEO of Clipper. “Halunder Jet is the perfect addition to the Clipper fleet and aligns with our high standards for customer service. We could not be more excited to launch this new operation with our longstanding tourism partners in Victoria, Vancouver and across the Pacific Northwest.”

 

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