V2V ferry service delayed until new year

V2V ferry service delayed until new year

V2V Vacations announced Thursday it is moving its home port to Victoria's Inner Harbour. File Photo.

V2V Vacations has announced that its Victoria-Vancouver ferry has been delayed in its relaunch. File Photo.

The new ferry linking downtown Victoria to Vancouver has hit another snag as the relaunch has been delayed until early 2018.

V2V Vacations says they are contacting impacted passengers and are offering a refund, re-booking for a later date or transportation through B.C. Ferries and the B.C. Ferries connector.

The call was made Saturday morning to delay the Dec. 27 relaunch as sea trials are still underway for Transport Canada’s and V2V’s safety standards.

In August the vessel was taken out of service due to Mechanical issues with one of the engines onboard.

A representative says that they have now replaced both engines and are working to relaunch in the first two weeks of January, and that due to the vessel being out of service for so long extensive trials are required.

August was the second time the ferry, which launched in May, has gone out of service. The vessel was out of service for a few days less than a week after it opened due to electrical issues.

There is no word on how many passengers have been affected. The ferry is licensed to hold up to 200 passengers.

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