Nanaimo Vancouver Passenger Only Ferry Service South SeaBus Terminal | Port of Vancouver

Nanaimo Vancouver Passenger Only Ferry Service South SeaBus Terminal

February 20, 2020

Project status
Permit amendment issued

In February 2022, a minor permit amendment, No. 18-044-04, was issued to TransLink (the Applicant). The amendment extends the expiry of the permit to December 31, 2023 for the approved completion of the Nanaimo Vancouver Passenger Only Ferry Service at the South SeaBus Terminal located at 601 Waterfront Rd, Vancouver, British Columbia. This project is on federal lands and waters managed by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

About the proposed amendment: The Permit Holder proposes to carry out physical activities related to the completion of the Nanaimo Vancouver Passenger Only Ferry Service at the South SeaBus Terminal up until December 31, 2022, or later (December 31, 2023). This would require an extension to the approved project permit (PER No. 18-044), which has an expiry date of December 31, 2021. The extension is being requested as a result of project scheduling delays and more time is required to obtain additional approvals. The scope of works that would be completed during the extended period remains unchanged and includes the installation of two replacement fenders, a replacement passenger ramp, a replacement potable water supply line, modifications to emergency exit doors to facilitate access to the new ramp, and refurbishment of a storage area for use as a passenger waiting lounge.

In February 2021, a minor permit amendment, No. 18-044-03, was issued to TransLink (the Applicant). The amendment extends the expiry of the permit to December 31, 2021 for the approved completion of the Nanaimo Vancouver Passenger Only Ferry Service at the South SeaBus Terminal, Vancouver, BC.

In May 2020, a minor permit amendment, No. 18-044-02, was issued to TransLink (the Applicant). The amendment would extend the permit (which is due to expire February 28, 2020) to December 31, 2020. This extension will allow the Applicant to carry out physical activities related to the completion of project due to scheduling delays.

Permit issued

On August 2018, project permit was issued to TransLink (the Applicant) to use the west berth of the South SeaBus Terminal for private ferry and/or water taxi services, located at 601 Waterfront Rd, Vancouver, British Columbia. The project is on federal lands and water managed by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

The project was approved subject to 31 permit conditions that the permit holder must meet to ensure the project does not result in significant adverse environmental effects.

Construction is anticipated to begin in 2018/2019.

About the project

TransLink proposes to use the west berth of the south SeaBus terminal for private ferry and/or water taxi services. Island Ferry Services Ltd. has been selected by TransLink, through a Request For Information (RFI), to establish and operate a private ferry service, and has been authorized by TransLink to have direct discussions with Vancouver Fraser Port Authority for the purposes of making this application.

Island Ferry Services Ltd. proposes to establish a fast, passenger-only, year-round, ferry service between the south SeaBus terminal in Vancouver and the Nanaimo Port Authority (NPA)’s cruise ship terminal. The service would operate in established shipping lanes and is proposed to be provided by two new Damen 4212 catamarans, each of which can accommodate up to 376 passengers. These vessels would be based out of Nanaimo, with between four and eight daily sailings between 6:00 am and 11:00 pm.

Project activities and components include:

To accommodate ferry traffic at the Vancouver SeaBus terminal, upgrades to the existing berth are proposed and include:

  • Installation of two replacement Yokohama-type fenders on the west berth of the south SeaBus terminal, each measuring 1.3m in diameter;
  • Installation of a replacement passenger ramp to the west berth measuring 1.2 m (3.9 ft) x 43.5 m (142.7 ft);
  • Possible replacement of the existing potable water supply line at the west berth;
  • Modification to the existing emergency exit doors located at the southwest corner of the concourse, as necessary, to ensure accessibility for people with disabilities, and provide access to the new ramp;
  • General, leasehold-type improvements to a 112 m2 (1,205.6 ft2) storage area for use as a passenger waiting lounge.

The replacement fenders and passenger ramp will be installed by barge using a crane. The existing fenders and ramp have deteriorated over time and are unfit for use. The works proposed are above the waterline and applicable environmental best management practices would be implemented to prevent debris and contaminants from entering the water and to minimize work-related air and noise pollution. An environmental monitor would be employed to monitor the works.

Contact information

For questions regarding the Project and Environmental Review process, please contact us by email or phone at 604.665.9047.