Super Ferry Vancouver to Victoria

New passenger ferry set to run between Victoria and downtown Vancouver
New passenger ferry set to run between Victoria and downtown Vancouver
The new Victoria-Vancouver route would augment the existing Clipper service to Seattle.

A German company that has taken control of the Seattle-based Clipper ferry operator plans to start running a high-speed passenger ferry between Victoria and downtown Vancouver this spring.

“This is huge for us,” said Merideth Tall, the founder, CEO and chairwoman of Clipper. She said the deal allows her to retain a large stake in the company.

“This is executing on a strategy that we’ve had for a long time, to grow the infrastructure and tourism industry all across North America, but we’ll particularly focus on this region.”

She said the company is also looking at a possible service between Vancouver and Nanaimo.

Clipper currently operates the Victoria Clipper ferry on the Seattle-to-Victoria run.

Tall said the new three-hour Vancouver-to-Victoria service will include just one round-trip daily. She could not be specific about when the sailings would begin, only that the ferry will be “significantly larger” than the company’s other vessels. The new ship will have a capacity for 400 passengers, and will dock in downtown Vancouver near Canada Place.

According to a news release, German-based global ferry and shipping group FRS operates 60 vessels in 12 countries, carrying more than seven million passengers and 1.9 million vehicles last year. It has obtained a majority interest in Clipper, which also operates Clipper Vacations.

“By acquiring Clipper, we are expanding our presence in the North American market, bringing with us our long history of operational acumen and connection to the European tourism market,” said FRS CEO Götz Becker in a statement. “Clipper has an impressive track record in the Pacific Northwest and Canada, and will now serve even more of the Canadian market with a new Vancouver service.”

Tall couldn’t say how many jobs the new service will create, only that the company is doubling the size of its B.C. operations. She also didn’t release any financial details about the deal.

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