The total for passengers was 296,000, Collins said, with 110 sailings added to the regular schedule. “That’s just a hair away from 300,000 people when you think about it. That’s a lot of people on the move.”
While ferries carry more vehicles in August — peak tourist season — the vehicle count is a new record for the May long weekend, Collins said.
Since Jan. 4, B.C. Ferries has hired 850 new people, Collins said, many in entry-level positions.
Transport Canada requires a certain number of trained crew on board for a ferry to operate.
These days, the number of qualified licensed mariners in senior categories being hired is similar to the number of retirements, Collins said, although about 160 vacancies remain.
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 26 May 2022 - 03:18 AM.