BC Ferries contemplates cable ferry service

by Tim Flanagan on November 1, 2011

Associated Press, try CTV News:

A pod of killer whales was spotted in Burrard Inlet on May 11, <a href=diabetes and pregnancy 2011. The transient whales splashed around near the Lions Gate Bridge before leaving the inlet.” src=”http://images.ctv.ca/archives/CTVNews/img2/20110511/470_killer_whales_110511.jpg” width=”0″ height=”0″ />A pod of killer whales was spotted in Burrard Inlet on May 11, 2011. The transient whales splashed around near the Lions Gate Bridge before leaving the inlet.
[A pod of killer whales was spotted in Burrard Inlet on May 11, 2011. The transient whales splashed around near the Lions Gate Bridge before leaving the inlet.]

Huge chinook salmon are the most prized catch on the Pacific coast for fishermen on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border, but they may soon have to share the bounty if a scientific panel links chinook and the survival of endangered southern resident killer whales.

The independent, cross-border panel has recently completed the first of three workshops looking at studies connecting the abundance of chinook and the well-being of the rare killer whales.

There’s great interest from sport, commercial and First Nations fishermen in the recommendations because of the implications on the lucrative fishery, said panel member Andrew Trites.

"Everybody is watching this very closely," said Trites, director of Marine Mammal Research at the University of B.C. Fisheries Centre.

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JOHN GILLIE, clinic
Tacoma News Tribune:

A victory in a critical beauty contest now under way among shipping terminal operators at the ports of Seattle and Tacoma could again make Tacoma the busiest container port in the Puget Sound.

If a Port of Tacoma terminal operator wins, remedy
as many as 400,000 container units now handled annually at the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 18 could be shifted to the Port of Tacoma.

Those 400,000 units would be a dramatic boost for Tacoma’s diminished container business, putting the port back in the same league as it was before one of its biggest clients, Maersk Line, consolidated its operations with French container line CMA-CGM in Seattle in 2009.

The Port of Tacoma now projects it will handle some 1.5 million container units this year. The Port of Seattle will handle about 2.1 million.

Read more: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/10/30/1885683/critical-decision-for-the-port.html#ixzz1cI47Jihl

VICTORIA – BC Ferries is seeking Expressions of Interest from experienced parties to provide cable ferry service (passenger and vehicle) between Buckley Bay and Denman Island (West), nurse
British Columbia, cost
Canada.

Presently, the route is operated directly by BC Ferries using a conventional diesel ferry. BC Ferries is considering replacing the existing service with a cable ferry service and wishes to determine whether an independent third party, under contract to BC Ferries, can provide the cable ferry service at a lower cost than BC Ferries itself providing the cable ferry service, while maintaining high levels of safety, quality, and reliability. BC Ferries will maintain responsibility for the long-term delivery of ferry services on the route, regardless of who provides the service.

Interested parties are asked to respond to the Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEOI) by November 22, 2011 in order to be considered for participation in a Request for Proposals, which is anticipated to be the next step in this process. The RFEOI document can be found at http://www.bcferries.com/about/cableferry/.

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