Work to determine the issue that caused one of the Coastal Renaissance’s propellers to stop working is underway, but the vessel is not expected to return to service until at least mid-October.
The exact timeline for it to return to service is not yet known, because the issue has still not been determined.
Stephen Jones, the executive director of engineering for BC Ferries, says the company won’t be able to inspect the stator and rotor until between September 11 and 15. At which point, parts will need to be ordered in order to repair the issue, then rewinding the stator will take about five weeks.
This means the Coastal Renaissance will be out of service over the Labour Day, Truth and Reconciliation, and Thanksgiving long weekends.
BC Ferries operates under its summer travel schedule until after the Labour Day weekend, then it will change to its fall schedule, so Nicolas Jimenez, BC Ferries’ CEO, says the Coastal Renaissance being out of service is being built into that schedule.
Jones says depending on the difficulty of the repair, it is possible it could be repaired locally, or at other facilities elsewhere in Canada or the U.S., or it may need to go back to the repair factory in Germany.