(Screencap from video by BC Ferries)

This past summer, BC Ferries employees have been busy participating in cleaning up 30 beaches on and around Vancouver Island.

Around 330 employees from Haida Gwaii, the Southern Gulf Islands, Northern Gulf Islands, Comox and Campbell River, the Sunshine Coast, Victoria, and Metro Vancouver volunteered to remove garbage from the 50 km of province’s shoreline.

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Among the trash cleaned up, volunteers found items like a baby stroller, various car parts and a can of ham.

“Our employees live and work in coastal British Columbia, and are dedicated to making a
positive impact in the communities we serve,” said Janet Carson, BC Ferries’ Vice President
Marketing & Customer Experience.

“Caring for the environment is a cornerstone of the work we do with coastal communities. It’s a natural fit for us to help keep B.C. beaches clean for our marine life and everyone to enjoy.”

Among its other green initiatives, BC Ferries upgraded its Spirit of Vancouver Island and Spirit of British Columbia vessels to operate on natural gas.

In April 2019, BC Ferries won the European-based Shippax Retrofit Award for making these switches.

Later this year, the company also plans to introduce two new ‘Island Class’ ships into their fleet – these vessels are hybrid battery electric and, according to the company, use some of the most advanced clean marine technology in the world.