The Spirit of Lax Kw'alaams is being refitted by the Province of B.C. this year.

Spirit of Lax Kw’alaams ferry being refitted

The Province of B.C. and the Lax Kw'alaams Band have signed an agreement together to refit the Spirit of Lax Kw'alaams ferry

The Province of B.C. and the Lax Kw’alaams have signed an agreement together to refit the Spirit of Lax Kw’alaams ferry to ensure it can continue providing reliable service to and from the village and Prince Rupert.

“We’re supporting the service with up to $400,000 per year,” said Kate Mukasa, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure public affairs officer earlier in August. That money increases the number of round trips made by the ferry from nine per week to 14.

“The agreement allows for additional ferry trips each week between Prince Rupert and Tuck Inlet, to improve and increase access for local residents and businesses.”

Currently, the ferry is out of service and being refitted, with funding from the province. In the meantime, residents have been taking water taxis and barges to get to and from the communities.

A water taxi runs three times daily at the same rate as the ferry and Wainwright Marine is providing barge services at the same ferry rate, with additional room for vehicles (with an added cost).

The Spirit of Lax Kw’alaams, or the MV Nicola, was built in 1960 and the Band continues to seek an upgrade over the current ferry that allows for more passengers and vehicles. The province is engaged in talks to find a suitable replacement marine vehicle.

The current refit will ensure reliable service until 2020, said Mukasa.

“The province has also committed funding for maintenance work on the docks, including an anti-corrosion system, and will ensure ongoing maintenance of the two docks used to provide service between Aero Point and Tuck Inlet.

Should major LNG projects go through in the area, a connector road would be discussed by stakeholders, connecting Lax Kw’alaams and Prince Rupert, part of the greater in scope Tsimshian Access Project as outlined in the City of Prince Rupert’s Hays 2.0 vision.

 

Just Posted

WATCH: Ballet Kelowna graces the stage in Prince Rupert

The Lester Centre of the Arts hosted the group who performed Mambo and Other Works

Prince Rupert fights to the top of the podium

Dan Wong and Inderpol Bagri bring home the gold at martial arts tournament

Port Ed council chambers full over campground dispute

Port Edward council puts decision to fund Lester Centre on hold

Prince Rupert 2030 Vision ready to be shared with the public

Redesign Rupert is unveiling their plan for the city

In Our Opinion: This is why shopping Rupert First matters

Shop in Prince Rupert before you go online

Your Prince Rupert 55th Rotary Auction guide

Online guide to all the items up for bid before Monday’s live auction

B.C. mayor urges premier to tweak road speeds in an ‘epidemic of road crash fatalities’

Haynes cites ICBC and provincial documents in letter to John Horgan

B.C. won’t appeal decision protecting ICBC court experts

Change to evidence rules next to save money, David Eby says

1898 Yukon gold rush photo featuring Greta Thunberg look-alike sends internet into tailspin

Jokes erupted this week after a 120-year-old photo taken by Eric A. Hegg surfaced from archives

BC Ferries’ two new hybrid vessels set sail for B.C. from Romania

Two Island Class ferries to be in use by 2020

Distracted driving tickets not for ICBC revenue, B.C. minister says

Minister Mike Farnworth calls SenseBC analysis ‘nonsense’

CN Rail strike and lack of trucking alternatives stoke forest industry fears

Companies calling on the federal government to ‘do everything in its power’ to end the strike

Most Read