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Article F000: Date 2015-01-01
YVRCLIPPER PROJECT

Article F001: Date 2015-08-01
VESSEL SELECTION

Article F002: Date 2015-10-01
FERRY - BUS CONNECTION

Article F003: Date 2015-11-01
Coastal Ferries (PACIFIC FERRIES) Investor.
m/v “Coastal Clipper”.
GIBSONS - VANCOUVER

Article F004: Date 2016-01-15
IN THE MEDIA

Article F005: Date 2016-02-01
VESSELS FOUND




Article F000: Date 2015-01-01
YVRCLIPPER PROJECT

HCL launches the YVRCLIPPER PROJECT / PROGRAM.

The objective of the YVRCLIPPER Project (Study) is to ascertain the viability of a consistent foot passenger service between the Sunshine Coast & Vancouver Island - and to secure interesting parties to Make It Happen.

The following are, in part, considered:


1. Transportation is by BC Ferries (BCF) only. Foot Passengers connecting to Vancouver can only do so via BCF and associated Terminals.

2. A service directly to Vancouver does not exist. Why?

3. Previous attempts between Gibsons / Vancouver, and Nanaimo / Vancouver have failed. Why? Consider BC Transit / Translink schedules & services available in the respective areas.

4. A foot passenger Downtown Vancouver to Victoria has not been attempted for c.a. 15+ Years. Why?

5. Many Sunshine Coast (and Nanaimo) commuters elect commuting over living in Vancouver. Real Estate and Cost of Living in Vancouver has (and is) skyrocketing.

6. Vancouver transit (Translink) has improved greatly - connecting, by example, Horseshoe Bay via Express Bus to d/t Vancouver is close the same time as a vehicle would.

7. Previous start-up attempts have always elected 300 passenger Catamaran type vessels. Other (proven) high speed vessels, such as the hydrofoil, operate with continuing success in other parts of the world (on similar distances / routes) - Why?

8. BCF Catamaran attempt failed miserably between Horseshoe Bay and Nanaimo. Why?

9. Considering Weather, Sea State and other potential hazards (such as logs) - what IS the appropriate vessel to carry foot passengers?

10. Save the commuter and traveller time by cutting 50% of transit time - what load factors, cost/seat mile needs to be achieved - and what would be a reasonable fare to the commuter? Propose a Bus service connecting Gibsons.

…Etc.


NOTE: Result of the above, in particular type of vessel appropriate for ‘the rout’ - can be found on this website.





Article F001: Date 2015-08-01
VESSEL SELECTION

YVRCLIPPER completes the viability study on choice of vessels suitable for the proposed routes between Gibsons, Squamish, Nanaimo into Vancouver.

Three
Categories have been developed.

A broker has been selected to assist the YVRCLIPPER program finding suitable Catamarans & Hydrofoils.


Article F002: Date 2015-10-01
FERRY - BUS CONNECTION

YVRCLIPPER has monitored the (unfortunate) demise of the Malaspina Express Bus - servicing Powell River and the Sunshine Coast into Vancouver.

The YVRCLIPPER-BUS project is added to connect the proposed YVRCLIPPER-FERRIES - including the BCF Terminals in Saltery Bay, Earls Cove and Langdale.

A study on BC TRANSIT services & connections is also launched.


Article F003: Date 2015-11-01
Coastal Ferries (PACIFIC FERRIES) Investor.
m/v “Coastal Clipper”.
GIBSONS - VANCOUVER

A known party to HCL invests in obtaining a 50 Person Mono Hull - high speed - water taxi with the objective to serve Gibsons to Vancouver.

HCL/YVRCLIPPER becomes part of the vision and commences its resources to launch no later then FEB/2016.

Investor forms COASTAL FERRIES (PACIFIC FERRIES - www.pacificferries.ca).

HCL assists in the set-up, negotiates docking rights with the Gibsons Harbour Authority and survey’s & audits the vessel.

HCL creates the Ferry Schedule and Fares between Gibsons - Vancouver conforming to YVRCLIPPER requirements - i.e. “Ferries MUST connect with Local Transit”.

HCL publishes & promotes the m/v “Coastal Clipper” and Coastal Ferries (Pacific Ferries) on this website - including the Schedules & Fares.

December 2015 the vessel - “Coast Clipper” receives Transport Canada Certification. Investor aims to start service later that month.

HCL prepares Marketing & Media Releases and is prepared to invest $4-$6000 in advertising (with the Coast Reporter publishers).

January 2016 - Investor (Pacific Ferries) changes his mind from starting daily operations out of Gibsons - now starting out of Horseshoe Bay - and include Bowen Island.

HCL prepares new Schedules and Fares.

Shortly thereafter, Investor pulls the plug on HCL - later claims that HCL ‘quit’.

With launch date approaching (and no qualified crew in place) Pacific Ferries solicits HCL to operate the Coastal Clipper. HCL declines as YVRCLIPPER (Standards & Projections have been discarded by Pacific Ferries / Investor).

Pacific Ferries solicits for Captains to operate the “Coastal Clipper” for $20/Hr (!).


RECAP:
The YVRCLIPPER program was created (in part) to Learn from the Past and to HOW to prevent (such) failure(s).

The present method, conduct & standards of operations by Pacific Ferries no longer conforms, in part or whole, to HCL (and the YVRCLIPPER) standards & criteria.

We do wish them well.



Article F004: Date 2016-01-15
IN THE MEDIA

Media Coverage with CBC Radio, Local Papers including the Coast Reporter & Powell River paper.

Click Here (Coast Reporter)

Click Here (Powell River Peak)


Article F005: Date 2016-02-01
VESSELS FOUND

Our Broker has located 2 suitable Hydrofoils and 2 suitable Catamarans. All meet YVRCLIPPER criteria, including price range.

YVRCLIPPER is opening the search for interested investors/parties.