Seaspan Ferries Corporation

Commercial Ferry Service from Vancouver Island to the Lower Mainland

Seaspan Ferries serves the Vancouver Island supply chain with the most reliable customer-focused commercial ferry service.

Seaspan Ferries provides a daily, scheduled drop trailer ferry service for general freight products, consumer goods, regulated commodities and automobiles, between our two conveniently located terminals on the Mainland at Tilbury in Delta and Surrey, and two strategically located terminals on Vancouver Island at Duke Point, Nanaimo and Swartz Bay, Victoria.

Our fleet of four roll-on/roll-off, self-propelled vessels, and three roll-on/roll-off articulated tug and barge units provide reliable service year-round.

With over 100 years of marine transportation experience serving Vancouver Island, Seaspan Ferries knows how to provide great customer service. Drop trailer convenience means costs associated with tractors, idling and drivers accompanying trailers during transit is eliminated.

In case of an emergency, please call 604.940.7245 or toll free 1.800.341.7245

Our History - Seaspan Ferries

Seaspan Coastal Intermodal Company becomes Seaspan Ferries

The Washington family purchased the Coastal Intermodal Company on November 17, 1998 and renamed it Seaspan Coastal Intermodal Company (SCIC). In 2011, the company rebranded and is now called Seaspan Ferries Corporation.

On December 9, 2011, Seaspan Ferries Corporation acquired the business of Van Isle Barge Services Ltd. This included the acquisition of three barges and the operating rights to their two terminals in Surrey and Duke Point.

This purchase signaled Seaspan’s commitment to the BC marine transportation industry. The drop trailer business is core to Seaspan, and this transaction provided an opportunity for Seaspan Ferries to reinvest in its fleet and operations. We are passionate about continuing the legacy of providing first class drop trailer ferry services between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island.

Early Beginnings

In 1901, Canadian Pacific Railway purchased a controlling interest in the Canadian Pacific Navigation Company with the formal transfer taking place in 1903. As a result, the BC Coast Steamship Service (BCCSS) was formed.

One of the vessels of the new fleet was the former Hudson’s Bay vessel, Princess Louise, which became the precursor to the famed BCCSS fleet of 32 Princess ships. The Princess Superior is the last Princess vessel in service today.

The freight transfer barges of the first half of the century gave way to truly intermodal ferries, culminating in 1955 with the Princess of Vancouver, a vessel capable of handling passenger vehicles, railcars, trucks and trailers. This evolution continued with the advent of self-propelled, roll on, roll off vessels that were faster and more efficient. In the initial stages, BCCSS chartered ships to replace the transfer barges, but eventually purchased its own self-propelled ship, a converted US Navy LST renamed Trailer Princess.

Although BCCSS remained a legal name, a new identity Coastal Marine Operations was created to reflect Canadian Pacific Railway’s new Bay of Fundy service started on the East Coast, in 1977.

1981 marked the end of the company’s passenger service. In 1995, Coastal Marine Operations moved from their Coal Harbour location in the Burrard Inlet to a new state-of-the-art facility at Tilbury Island, in Delta, BC.

The Washington family purchased the Coastal Intermodal Company on November 17, 1998 and renamed it Seaspan Coastal Intermodal Company (SCIC). In 2011, the company rebranded and is now called Seaspan Ferries Corporation.

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21 November 2023

Seaspan celebrates delivery of two electric shuttle buses wrapped with local Indigenous art

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13 October 2023

BCIT Receives Major Donation from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation To Invest in Expanding Skilled Trades Opportunities for Young People in BC

Subscribe to our e-newsletter October 13, 2023 – Burnaby, BC – In an effort to expand early access to skills training and education, Dennis and Phyllis…

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3 April 2023

Seaspan announced as Aboriginal Procurement Champion

Subscribe to our e-newsletter April 3, 2023 – North Vancouver, BC – As a Business Member of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB), Seaspan is…

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