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Re: Docket No. 2004-1
Ladies and Gentlemen:
As a member of the Passenger Vessel Association, Clipper Navigation, Inc., DBA Victoria Clipper, submits the following comments regarding Version 2 of the draft accessibility guidelines for passenger vessels.
Clipper Navigation, Inc. was established as a Washington State Corporation in 1985 and inaugurated service from Seattle to Victoria, British Columbia on July 1, 1986. It is the owner/operator of the “Victoria Clipper” vessels which have transported more than five (5) million passengers in our first twenty (20) years of service. Clipper is also the first and only marine transportation carrier in modern history to operate year round service on this route without a subsidy.
Clipper’s business is seasonal in that over eighty (80%) of our transportation business is generated between May 15 and September 15. This in turn provides the financial basis and ability to provide year round service and employment. Our employment fluctuates from an off-season base of approximately one-hundred-thirty (130) to two-hundred-fifty (250) employees during our peak summer season.
We currently operate four (4) vessels on our various domestic and international routes. They range in passenger capacity as follows: 150, 237, 296 and 330. The vessels’ build dates were between 1985 and 1993. The cost to replace our larger vessels would be in the range of a minimum of eight (8) to nine (9) million dollars whereas the two (2) smaller vessels would be two point five (2.5) million for the smallest vessel to five (5) million for the 237 passenger vessel.
Please refer to the detailed comments submitted by the Passenger Vessel Association as to specific portions of the draft guidelines. The following concepts are important:
Darrell E. Bryan
Executive Vice President and General Manager
CLIPPER NAVIGATION, INC. • 2701 ALASKAN WAY, PIER 69 • SEATTLE, WA 98121
PHONE 206.443.2560 FAX 206.443.2583 WEBSITE: WWW.VICTORIACLIPPER.COM