Gulf Islands sailings cancelled after ferry crash 0
The BC Ferries corporation blamed high winds for damaging one of its ships as it left the terminal on Mayne Island, B.C. Saturday morning.
In a statement, the company said a full investigation is underway and all sailings from Tsawwassen to the Southern Gulf Islands are temporarily cancelled, with service instead provided through Swartz Bay.
The Queen of Nanaimo sustained damage to one of its propellers and part of its hull. BC Ferries says the ship will be out of service for at least one week, as it needs to be dry-docked for the reparations.
“Due to fleet refits currently underway, another vessel is not available to replace the Queen of Nanaimo,” the corporation.
Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre Capt. Colin Henthorne said the vessel struck one of its outer berths while leaving the dock Saturday morning. It then drifted towards the shore and ran aground. No one was injured.