BC Ferries cancels Salish Eagle sailings Tuesday due to crew shortage

BC Ferries cancels Salish Eagle sailings Tuesday due to crew shortage
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BC Ferries has cancelled all remaining Tuesday sailings on the Salish Eagle due to a lack of crew, the company says in a service notice.

The following sailings between Vancouver and the Southern Gulf Islands have been cancelled for Tues., Feb. 28:

  • 3:35 p.m. departing Long Harbour (Salt Spring Island)
  • 4:25 p.m. departing Otter Bay (Pender Island)
  • 5:10 p.m. departing Village Bay (Mayne Island)
  • 5:45 p.m. departing Sturdies Bay (Galiano Island)
  • 7:10 p.m. Tsawwassen (Vancouver)
  • 8:15 p.m. Sturdies Bay (Galiano Island)
  • 8:50 p.m. Village Bay (Mayne Island)
  • 9:25 p.m. Otter Bay (Pender Island)

The cancellations come after several sailings on the route were scrapped earlier Tuesday due to weather conditions, starting with the 6:20 a.m. leaving Long Harbour. 

“We require a specific number of crew members on board the vessel to ensure the safety of our passengers in the unlikely event of an emergency and to comply with Transport Canada regulations,” according to BC Ferries in its notice.

The company says affected customers will be issued refunds.

It says the decision to cancel a sailing in these circumstances is made when all options to find replacement crew have been exhausted. However, customers will be notified immediately if a replacement crew is found. 

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

People can find up-to-date sailing and departure information online here or on Twitter.


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