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Fast foot-passenger ferry boosts ferry sailings between Nanaimo and Vancouver

A Hullo ferries vessel docked in Nanaimo last summer. (News Bulletin file photo)

Vancouver Island Ferry Company will increase the number of Hullo ferry sailings on its spring schedule.

From March 3 until the end of May, a new schedule of six round trips will run from Thursday to Monday, with three round trips on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Hullo announced.

From Thursday to Monday, sailings will depart Nanaimo at 7:15 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and from Vancouver at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, ferries will leave Nanaimo at 7:15 a.m., 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and from Vancouver at 9 a.m. and 1 and 5:30 p.m.

In addition, extra sailings will be added for people attending Vancouver Canucks games and concerts, including Madonna on Feb. 21. There will also be more sailings for Family Day long weekend from Feb. 16 to 19.

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Hullo also advised that beginning in March, passengers will be able to bring up to three large bags or one piece of sports gear, such as a golf bag, skis or snowboards, but will be charged an additional fee. The equipment will be stored in a designated area, and guests will still be able to bring a carry-on bag and personal item at no extra charge.

“We recently celebrated an incredible milestone of 150,000 trips within less than six months,” said Alastair Caddick, Hullo CEO, in a press release. “As we ramp up our services to meet this incredible demand, we’re diligently working to recruit additional skilled crew members and attract new talent to the maritime sector.”

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