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Vancouver Island Ferry Company reveals first look at new vessels

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Hullo's two new 354-passenger high-speed vessels are currently undergoing final tests and sea trials at the Damen Group facility in Vietnam and will set sail to Vancouver Island next month.

One of Hullo’s 354-passenger high-speed vessels that will set sail to Vancouver Island next month (CNW Group/Vancouver Island Ferry Company)

NANAIMO — The Vancouver Island Ferry Company (VIFC) says that Hullo will be the service brand behind British Columbia’s high-speed, passenger-only catamarans that will travel between downtown Nanaimo and downtown Vancouver. This new service will enable Islanders and Mainlanders alike to reach across the strait and increasing visitation opportunities. Apr. 19’s event marks the beginning of construction and site reconfiguration, which includes over 400 parking stalls, EV charging stations, connected travel options, a guest welcome centre, and proper traffic and transit flow optimizations. Hullo’s two new 354-passenger high-speed vessels are currently undergoing final tests and sea trials at the Damen Group facility in Vietnam and will set sail to Vancouver Island next month.

“The vessels are built and going through rigorous sea trials and the terminal areas are in the process of being upgraded to welcome our guests. Hullo is in ship-shape and almost ready to serve its communities,” says Alastair Caddick, CEO of VIFC. “We have assembled a passionate and experienced team, recruiting impeccable individuals who will offer BC travelers an enjoyable, reliable, and efficient travel experience to and from the mainland. After carefully listening to the needs and expectations of British Columbians, we are thrilled to provide a service that strengthens connections between friends and family on both sides of the Georgia Strait.”

General Service Details for Hullo:

Hullo will offer a daily crossing schedule starting with up to seven (7) roundtrip sailings. Starting early enough for island commuters to get to their downtown Vancouver offices.

Hullo’s initial fleet consists of two Damen-built, high-speed catamaran vessels, each with a capacity of 354 passengers, and supported by a long-term local maintenance solution to ensure their reliability.

VIFC has secured long term partnerships with Snuneymuxw First Nation, the Nanaimo Port Authority and the Vancouver Harbour Flight Centre and to ensure sustainable, continued success.

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