02/13/2015 05:13 EST | Updated 04/15/2015 05:59 EDT

BC Ferries gets new chief financial officer, reports $6.1m loss in last quarter

VICTORIA - BC Ferries has announced the appointment of a new chief financial officer who most recently worked in Ontario's energy sector.

Ferries president Mike Corrigan says that starting in April, Dennis Dodo will also be responsible for government and regulatory affairs.

Current CFO, Robert Clark is deferring his retirement and will lead new programs including e-commerce and information technology upgrades, which Corrigan says are critical to the company's long-term success.

BC Ferries says it lost $6.1 million between last October and December, about half the loss it incurred for the same period a year earlier.

During the last quarter of 2014, BC Ferries provided 41,000 sailings compared to 45,000 during the same period in 2013 due to planned service cuts in some communities.

It says earnings were about $84 million for the last nine months of 2014, up from about $56 million compared to the same period a year earlier.