We’re less than three weeks away from the start of our new ferry schedule – and although not all of the changes are positive, one of the benefits of the new schedule should be a dramatic reduction in the number of late ferry sailings compared to last summer.
For much of the day, an extra 5 minutes has been added between sailings to help ensure on-time departures. Coupled with the extra daytime ferries, this should help reduce delays and overloads at busy times.
When traffic is lighter (especially at weekends) the new schedule will also help save fuel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by avoiding the need for Quinsam to constantly sail at maximum speed to stay on time. That’s good for the environment as well as contributing to lower fuel costs.
Most times, Quinsam completes the crossing (dock to dock) in 20-22 minutes. That’s still going to be the case for much of the day, but if the captain determines that there’s time to do so, he (or she) may reduce speed a little to save fuel. This happens already to some extent, but now it’s official. BC Ferries will likely be updating their website to show crossing times of 20-25 minutes sometime soon.