BC Ferries cancels sailings between Victoria, Vancouver due to mechanical difficulty

BC Ferries cancels sailings between Victoria, Vancouver due to mechanical difficulty
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A BC Ferries vessel is docked in Swartz Bay.

BC Ferries cancelled two sailings between Vancouver and Victoria on Thursday afternoon due to a “mechanical difficulty” aboard the Spirit of British Columbia ship.

The 3 p.m. sailing departing Tsawwassen and 5 p.m. departing Swartz Bay were cancelled due to an issue with the vessel’s fire suppression line.

BC Ferries says it is making repairs to the fire suppression system’s water line, and that there may be additional delays to other sailings because the Spirit of British Columbia is currently docked in Berth 5 in Tsawwassen.

“We are working to resolve the issue and will keep you informed as more information becomes available,” said BC Ferries in a service notice late Thursday afternoon.

The ferry operator says it will contact customers with reservations on the cancelled sailings to let them know if space is available on any other sailings Thursday.

If there is no extra space, the bookings will be cancelled and commuters will be offered refunds or credit.

“We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience you may experience as a result of these cancellations,” said BC Ferries.

More information about the BC Ferries refund and compensation policies can be found on the BC Ferries website.

BC Ferries is also warning foot passengers that space will be limited on two sailings later this week due to “large group reservations.”

Walk-on commuters should be prepared for possible sailing waits aboard the 3:15 p.m. ferry departing from Duke Point on Friday, and the 12:45 p.m. ferry departing Tsawwassen on Saturday, because of the group reservations.

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