BC Ferries vessel out of service until Saturday, but no disruptions expected

BC Ferries vessel out of service until Saturday, but no disruptions expected
Nicholas Pescod
The Spirit of British Columbia ferry is pictured in this file photo.

A major BC Ferries vessel that travels between Victoria and Vancouver will remain out of service until this weekend due to repairs, but travellers should not see any disruptions, according to BC Ferries.

The Spirit of British Columbia ferry was put into dry dock for repairs last week due to an issue with its stern tube seal and bow thruster blade seals.

The ferry’s last voyage was on June 9, but since then the smaller Coastal Renaissance ferry has been filling in to sail the Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen route, “ensuring no disruption to our customers’ travel plans,” according to BC Ferries.

The Spirit of British Columbia is expected to resume service on June 15.

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The company says it caught the issues with the vessel’s seals early, and that repairs were scheduled quickly to prevent disruptions.

“This situation underscores the value of having additional vessels to enhance our system’s flexibility and reliability, especially during peak times,” said the company in a statement to CHEK News on Wednesday.

“The Coastal Renaissance will shift back to its regular route by this coming weekend, as originally scheduled.”

The Spirit of British Columbia was built in 1993 and is one of the two largest vessels that BC Ferries owns. The ferry, alongside the Spirit of Vancouver Island, are the only two “S-Class” vessels in the company’s fleet and can carry 358 cars and 2,100 crew and passengers each.

The Coastal Renaissance, meanwhile, can carry up to 310 vehicles, and 1,604 passengers and crew.

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