BC Ferries adds new surcharge 0
A BC Ferries vessel docks at Horseshoe Bay. A new surcharge means ferry trips will be more expensive starting on Jan. 17. (FILE PHOTO/QMI AGENCY)
BC Ferries is blaming “world fuel market conditions” for a new surcharge for customers that will be added to the majority of routes starting on Jan. 17.
The fuel surcharge will be 3.5% on average on all of its routes, excluding the Port Hardy-Prince Rupert and Prince Rupert-Haida Gwaii runs.
BC Ferries — which has faced heavy criticism for excessive bonuses given to senior managers — said the corporation is paying about 14 cents more per litre of diesel fuel than that approved by the ferries commissioner.
“Market pricing indicates that the price differential will continue throughout the year,” said Mike Corrigan, BC Ferries’ president and CEO, in a news release. “We are well aware that implementing a fuel surcharge is unpopular with our customers, and we are doing everything we can to keep our fuel costs as low as possible, including building new ships with LNG capability. We have waited as long as we can to implement a surcharge, however we must act now as it is clear that fuel prices are unlikely to decline in the foreseeable future.”
Late last year, BC Ferries cut sailings on certain routes in an attempt to reduce costs.