SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Tobias Haack, CEO of Clipper, announced today that the company will
launch its new passenger ferry service between downtown Vancouver and
downtown Victoria in spring 2018.
Clipper will receive a 52-meter (170 feet) high-speed catamaran called
Halunder Jet from its parent company, FRS, in fall 2017.
The vessel, which currently operates in the North Sea, carries 579
passengers and can travel at speeds up to 36 knots. Halunder Jet was
custom built for FRS’ operations between Hamburg and Heligoland where it
has operated very successfully since 2003 moving 372,000 passengers
annually. The vessel has operated in difficult sea conditions similar to
the Salish Sea and uses a motion dampening system to help consistently
deliver a comfortable ride for customers. Halunder Jet will be
retrofitted to Clipper’s specifications and reflagged for its new
operation ahead of the spring 2018 launch.
“Clipper has been committed to ensuring that we have the right vessel
for this route,” says Haack. “For more than 30 years we have safely and
reliably operated ferry services around the Salish Sea, and we know that
customer comfort is again paramount for our new Vancouver to Victoria
route. Halunder Jet is the perfect addition to the Clipper fleet and
aligns with our high standards for customer service. We could not be
more excited to launch this new operation with our longstanding tourism
partners in Victoria, Vancouver and across the Pacific Northwest.”
Additional details around Clipper’s Vancouver to Victoria operation will
be announced as development continues this year.
Clipper, operator of Clipper Vacations, is well known as the travel
experts for the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada. Since 1986,
Clipper has provided transportation, tours and accommodation packages
for over 8 million customers. Clipper offers opportunities to experience
picturesque and popular destinations such as: cosmopolitan Seattle or
Vancouver, historic Victoria, the peaceful San Juan Islands, vibrant
Portland, the beauty of the Canadian Rockies and Vancouver Island.
Förde Reederei Seetouristik (FRS) looks back on more than 150 years of
successful history. From a regional passenger ship shipping company, FRS
has developed over the past decades into an internationally active group
of companies with 62 ships and over 1,500 employees. FRS carries around
7.6 million passengers and 2.1 million vehicles per year on its national
and international shipping lines. Today, the north German based FRS
Group has in its portfolio 24 subsidiaries located in Europe, North
Africa, the Middle East and North America. In addition to numerous
international ferry and catamaran lines, FRS is also involved in
wind-offshore transport with crew transfer boats and maritime
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Halunder Jet: http://www.helgoline.de/en/information/hsc-halunder-jet/
For more information about Clipper, visit www.clippervacations.com.
David Gudgel, 206-443-2560