BC in the clear

A Canadian union has failed in its bid to prevent BC Ferries ordering a cheaper cable ferry for a crossing from Vancouver Island.

The shipowner is paying Seaspan Shipyard $15m for the 50-car and 150-passenger vessel for delivery in 2015.

The BC Ferry and Marine Workers’ Union said it would costs 15 jobs, however.

It went to the British Columbia court of appeal, which turned down its bid on the basis that it addressed matters of fact not law.

The vessel is intended to connect Denman and Hornby islands to Vancouver Island.

A cable ship will cut fuel expenses by about $2m per year, using winches and water currents.

The 1.9km crossing will be the longest such service in the world.