Several scheduled evening sailings between Vesuvius and Crofton have been scrapped as other routes may be cancelled due to “crew availability,” according to BC Ferries.
The company in a service notice said that six Quinsam sailings between 6:45 p.m. and 10 p.m. on the Vesuvius-Crofton route would not be operating on Sunday.
“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,” BC Ferries said in the notice.
“The decision to cancel a sailing in these circumstances is made when we have exhausted all options to find replacement crew,” it said, noting that customers will be notified if circumstances change.
The following Quinsam sailings have been cancelled for Aug. 7:
- 6:45 p.m. departing Vesuvius
- 7:55 p.m. departing Crofton
- 8:30 p.m. departing Vesuvius
- 9 p.m. departing Crofton
- 9:30 p.m. departing Vesuvius
- 10 p.m. departing Crofton
BC Ferries says two water taxis with a total passenger capacity of 18 will follow the posted schedule beginning at 6:45 p.m. departing Vesuvius Bay.
“We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience you may experience as a result of this cancellation,” it said.
Meanwhile, the company says a looming crewing issue on the Queen of Alberni means more Sunday sailings may be cancelled, including the 5 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. departing Departure Bay and the 7:20 p.m. and 11:40 p.m. leaving Horseshoe Bay.
The Kahloke, which sails between Denman and Hornby islands, may also see Sunday afternoon and evening sailing cancellations due to a crew shortage, though BC Ferries says it’s currently working to find staff.
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