BC Ferries will no longer look at bringing in cuts to its major routes to try to save millions of dollars.
Ferries spokesperson Deborah Marshall says it was determined the revenue loss from the service cuts would outweigh the dollars that would be saved.
Marshall says the publicly owned corporation still needs to find ways to find the $4.9 million the service cuts would have saved.
“We had committed to the commissioner and to the government to cut a further $4.9 million. That was to come from the majors. But what we are going to do is find that $4.9 million in other savings, other efficiencies, and what not. It will not be in service cuts to the majors, or the minors, or the North.”
Finding savings elsewhere
“Well it is things like sailing a coastal class vessel in the off season in place of a spirit class vessel. The coastal class is slightly smaller and uses less fuel and fewer crew to operate. So finding efficiencies in places like that, that we can curb our costs and get that $4.9 million.”
Marshall says BC Ferries is confident they have finally put years of service cuts and reductions behind them.