leavesHello, my name is Captain Pete Kimmerly.

I am a retired Icebreaker Captain. I was Senior Master of the Hornby Island Ferry. As a Manager with BC Ferries, I have gained some perspectives about how they think and operate. As a professional Mariner with 41 years of seagoing experience I have gained some real life perspectives.

I think the cable ferry proposed for Denman Island has some serious flaws in its Engineering. 1. The wind force has been downplayed to the extent that it is completely unbelievable. 2. The statement that the cables share the load equally does not stand up to logic.

More people signed the petition against this project than voted in the last civic election. I think of myself and my team as the loyal opposition to this project. I offer up this website to give you a chance to decide for yourself

             Capt Pete Kimmerly

My email is pckimmer@telus.net.
My phone number is 250 335-0630.

Media Links

Critics warn of problems with B.C. cable ferry project

Critics say Denman Island cable ferry failing sea trials - Chek News

BC ferries responds - CTV Vancouver Island

Below are links to PDFs containing some of my thoughts and research on this issue:

 Dangerous Ship Motions 

The Red Face Test

Climatologists Counterpoint 

Meteorologists Counterpoint 

Cable Ferry Project Memorandum One - November 2011

Cable Ferry Project Memorandum Two - February 2012

The proposed cable ferry and Weather Parameters

What Is New

Email to B C Ferries - November 2012

Statement of Requirements

Letter to The First Edition

 Island Tides letter August 2013

Rheinberger's Thesis
Here is a Forestry thesis telling you more about wire rope than most people want to know.  It is 80 pages and pretty heavy going so I will summarize for you.  Wire rope is a consummable tool for the forest industry.  It starts to break as soon as it is put into service.  To maximize your return on investment the wire should break when the last turn of logs comes out of the woods.  This paper creates a computer simulation to achieve this goal.  The cable ferry situation is pretty close to the simulation on page 66.  He calculates the wire will break after about 3,500 bends.  If you move up to 2 and 5/8ths wires as I suggest you will get more than 18,000 bends to failure.  Try something for yourself.  Get a handful of paperclips.  Bend them back and forth until they break.  My box of paperclips break remarkably consistantly after 25 bends.  This is what Reinberger has figured out how to calculate in real life wire situations.  3,500 bends is 67 days of ferry service.  You would have to run an actual simulation to tighten up that prediction, but this is in the ballpark.

Comparison to Whistler Gondola

BCF Commissioner's Tour Speech September 2011
First Part (YouTube 11:35 minutes)