Clipper Vacations is no longer planning a new passenger ferry route between Victoria and Vancouver.
The vessel was originally announced for Victoria-Vancouver service back in March, but the company says it was scrapped due to “unexpected operational costs associated with the dock in Vancouver.”
Instead, a newer, faster vessel for passengers of the Clipper ferry service between Seattle and Victoria will start in the spring of 2018.
Clipper announced the Clipper V is a 52-metre high-speed catamaran that will carry 440 passengers and travel up to 36 knots or more than 65 kilometres per hour.
The vessel has been operating in the North Sea between Hamburg and Heligoland, Germany and will be arriving via heavy lift carrier this month.
The company says the Clipper V will get final interior modifications before starting service in the new year.
Clipper says the travel time will remain about the same at two hours and 45 minutes, but a much larger platform gives more reliability in rough weather.
Pricing can be found on the Clipper Vacations website.
“Seattle has grown and changed significantly with increased demand for travel between the two cities,” Clipper CEO David Gudgel said in a release.
“Victoria has also grown tremendously as a destination city with so many attractions to offer. Clipper V is the perfect vessel for us to provide an even better customer experience while matching market demand.”