Gear box issue leaves BC Ferries passengers stranded near Tsawwassen

Gear box issue leaves BC Ferries passengers stranded near Tsawwassen
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BC Ferries’ passengers were stranded near Tsawwassen on a sailing from Nanaimo’s Duke Point Tuesday afternoon.

The corporation says sailings on the Queen of Alberni between Tsawwassen and Duke Point are cancelled due to a mechanical failure.

“The vessel is experiencing an issue with the #2 Gear Box,” BC Ferries said on its service notice page.

“So the crew did the prudent thing and aborted the landing. And they’ve been waiting off of Tsawwassen for a tug to come and assist them docking,” Deborah Marshall of BC Ferries said in a statement.

There were no injuries in the incident.

Around 5:40 p.m., one passenger said they had been stranded on a BC Ferries’ vessel for three hours.

But the passenger did say a tug was on its way to bring the ferry to the Tsawwassen docks.

The 5:45 p.m and 10:45 p.m. departures from Duke Point and the 3:15 p.m. and 8:15 sailings from Tsawwassen Tuesday night have been cancelled.

The first round trip for the vessel Wednesday has also been cancelled, and BC Ferries says the Coastal Celebration will provide service for the rest of the day.

The same vessel was removed from service earlier this month because of mechanical difficulties.

Marshall says if the vessel isn’t able to go back in service tomorrow, a replacement vessel may be brought on that route.

“We won’t know exactly is wrong with it until the ship docks at Tsawwassen and the engineers are able to start opening up that gearbox.”

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