11/29/2013 11:40 EST | Updated 01/29/2014 05:59 EST

No Nanaimo BC Ferries terminal closure, says minister

Transportation Minister Todd Stone's office is denying a newspaper report he's ready to look at closing a ferry terminal in Nanaimo and starting a passenger-only ferry service to cut costs for the service.

The newspaper reported the transportation ministry is "engaged in an analysis" of the two routes linking Nanaimo with Horseshoe Bay and Tsawwassen to see if further efficiency's can be found in" 2017.

According to The Nanaimo Daily News, Stone "won't rule out the idea" — which was first raised by the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce — to close one of the Nanaimo terminals for at least part of the year.

But Stone's office says the story is wrong.

"The minister did not say that and we are asking the publication for a correction," a ministry spokesman told CBC News.

Earlier this month Stone did say a $200 million upgrade is being planned for the BC Ferries terminal in Horseshoe Bay, and that did present a opportunity to reevaluated service on the route to Nanaimo.

Meanwhile, NDP opposition ferries critic Claire Trevena said yesterday that Stone's recent announcement to reduce the taxpayer subsidy of BC Ferries  proves the Liberals' Coastal Ferries Act is a failure.