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V2V Empress heads to new life in the Caribbean

Moored just below the CPR Steamship Terminal building for the last three years, the vessel has been sold and is now bound for the Caribbean.
The former V2V Vacations catamaran V2V Empress is loaded on the cargo ship BBC Mont Blanc at Ogden Point on Wednesday. DARREN STONE, TIMES COLONIST

The V2V Empress catamaran, which for the last three years has been idle and moored just below the CPR Steamship Terminal building, is shipping out.

The 126-foot vessel, which had initially been listed for sale at $6 million US before the price was reduced through the pandemic — it hit $4.8 million US at one point — has been sold and was loaded onto a cargo ship Wednesday at Ogden Point, bound for the Caribbean.

The Empress was completely rebuilt and kitted out in 2016 by Australian-based owners Riverside Marine for daily ferry service between Victoria and Vancouver.

The company, which launched in May 2017, pulled the plug on the venture two and a half years later, citing heavy financial losses.

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