Stalled semi on BC Ferries vessel cancels Friday sailings

Stalled semi on BC Ferries vessel cancels Friday sailings

BC Ferries' Queen of Alberni (BC Ferries)

BC Ferries’ Queen of Alberni (BC Ferries)

B.C. Ferries was left picking up the tab for around 5,000 litres of fuel it burned after dealing with a stalled semi Thursday night.

The semi-truck was on board the Queen of Alberni when it arrived in on its last sailing of the day to Tsawassen. Crews had to unload the truck’s cargo and navigate out of the dock to spin the ship, to allow for a tow truck to remove the commercial vehicle.

Due to the incident, a fuel truck was unable to stay late  — as the stalled semi was blocking the way for refueling efforts.

As a result, crews were forced to cancel Fridays 3:15 p.m. sailing to Duke Point, and the return trip back at 5:45 p.m. — as they had to run the vessel as long as they could the next day on the remaining fuel.

“[inicdents like these] are all apart of operations, stalls happen and we do our best, ” said Darin Guenette, public affairs manager for B.C. Ferries.

Passengers were re-booked on alternative routes and later sailings, those with reservations were given a full refund.

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