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 toll free 1.800.341.7245

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.

Our Stories

October 28, 2021

Lions Gate Hospital’s Seaspan HUB Opens for Business

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October 20, 2021

Take a Tour of our Vancouver Drydock

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October 19, 2021

Celebrating 10 Years as Canada’s National Shipbuilding Strategy Partner

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September 23, 2021

MacKay Creek Hatchery 2021 Chum Release

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September 23, 2021

Seaspan and the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation Make Major Gift to Lions Gate Hospital

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September 23, 2021

Seaspan Ferries Begins Electrification Trials with Battery-Powered Terminal Trucks

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September 23, 2021

Seaspan Shipyards Collaborates with BC Tech to Grow a Diverse Tech Talent Pool in British Columbia

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September 23, 2021

Seaspan Shipyards Invests $1.35M in Indigenous Marine Skills Training

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July 14, 2021

BCIT and Camosun College Receive Major Donations from Seaspan and the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation

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Press Releases

Seaspan Ferries

Hastings Elementary Outreach Our Bones 2021

15 December 2021

Fraser River Discovery Centre Programs Boosted by Seaspan and Southern Railway of British Columbia

NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C. – December 15, 2021.  Indigenous and Fraser River Education Programs provided by the Fraser River Discovery Centre Society will be enhanced by a…

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20 October 2021

Seaspan Ferries to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions Through Using Carbon-Neutral Renewable Natural Gas in LNG-Powered Vessels

NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C. – October 20, 2021.  This week, Seaspan Ferries Corporation (Seaspan) became the first Canadian marine company to pilot the use of Renewable Natural…

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30 August 2021

Seaspan Ferries Begins Electrification Trials with Battery-Powered Terminal Trucks

As Part of Seaspan Ferries’ Efforts to Reduce Fleet Emissions and Explore Alternative, Low-Carbon Technologies, the Company will Pilot Battery-Powered Trucks Procured with the Support of…

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