Jackie Miller of the BC Ferry workers fears the Horseshoe Bay-Nanaimo ferry run is one step closer to being contracted out. Miller told the media today that BC Ferries intends to launch a pilot project for shipboard management which means certain members of the union and senior captains will form a team that will manage that particular route on an experimental basis.
There is only one reason to do this and that is to contract the service out. Gordon Campbell does not want this information public today. As a result, BC Ferries has denied there is a plan to do this.
BC Ferries has tried earlier to deny reports that a small class BC ferry contract will be awarded to a Polish shipyard after the election. Last fall the Liberals refused to let BC Shipbuilders bid on a contract to build 3 new vessels. All of these will be built in Germany. Those contracts were worth over 500 hundred million dollars.