BC Ferries cancels two Swartz Bay-Tsawwassen sailings due to crew shortage

BC Ferries cancels two Swartz Bay-Tsawwassen sailings due to crew shortage
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BC Ferries is ending the weekend by cancelling a pair of sailings between Vancouver Island and B.C.’s Mainland, saying a crew shortage is to blame.

The Coastal Celebration’s 8 p.m. sailing departing Swartz Bay (Victoria) and 10 p.m. sailing leaving Tsawwassen (Vancouver) are cancelled for Sunday, March 5, according to a service notice from the company. 

The notice says a specific number of crew members are required on board vessels to ensure passengers’ safety and to comply with Transport Canada regulations. 

“The decision to cancel a sailing in these circumstances is made when we have exhausted all options to find replacement crew. That said, if circumstances change and replacement crew become available, we will notify customers immediately,” explained BC Ferries.


The company says the 4 p.m. sailing departing Swartz Bay and the 6 p.m. leaving Tsawwassen are no longer at risk of cancellation, despite a previous service notice. It adds that all other sailings on the route are expected to proceed as scheduled, with alternative service also available via the Duke Point-Tsawwassen route.

The Coastal Celebration, a Coastal-class ship, first entered service in 2008. BC Ferries is apologizing for any inconvenience that arises due to the cancellations and says impacted customers will be refunded or, if space is available, put on an alternate sailing. 

Sailings on other routes were also at risk of cancellation Sunday due to a crew shortage, but BC Ferries says it has since retained more workers:

Ferrygoers can check BC Ferries’ website or Twitter for up-to-date sailing information.

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