BC Ferries has indefinitely cancelled four daily round-trips — a total of eight sailings — between Tsawwassen and Duke Point in Nanaimo starting tomorrow morning due to mechanical issues on one of its vessels.
It has been discovered by the organization that the Queen of New Westminster has a problem with the boat’s propeller and is being taken out of service indefinitely for repairs.
Although the ferry company didn’t offer extensive details on the mechanical issues, it said that the ship is experiencing a problem with a controllable pitch propeller.
The Coastal Inspiration will offer eight daily sailings between the two terminals but customers with reservations on the Queen of New Westminster’s cancelled sailings will be contacted regarding the status of their bookings.
It says in a release the cancelled sailings start at 5:15 a.m. from Tsawwassen, beginning on Tuesday, April 5.
The below sailings will no longer be offered:
5:15 am departing Tsawwassen
7:45 am departing Duke Point
10:15 am departing Tsawwassen
12:45 pm departing Duke Point
8:15 pm departing Tsawwassen
10:45 pm departing Duke Point
“We are working to resolve the issue and we will keep you informed as soon as more information becomes available,” reads a statement from the company.
Service from the Coastal Inspiration will still be provided on the following scheduled sailings:
5:15 am departing Duke Point
7:45 am departing Tsawwassen
10:15 am departing Duke Point
12:45 pm departing Tsawwassen
8:15 pm departing Duke Point
10:45 pm departing Tsawwassen
BC Ferries says it recommends commuters get the latest sailing and departure information online, as well as keep up to date on any schedule changes via the organization’s social media channels.