B.C. Ferries is advising of likely sailing waits on the Departure Bay-Horseshoe Bay route this weekend as repair work on the Coastal Inspiration is taking longer than expected. NEWS BULLETIN file photo

Ferry repairs will mean sailing waits to and from Vancouver Island

B.C. Ferries is advising that repair work to one of the vessels is taking longer than expected

B.C. Ferries is advising of likely sailing waits on the Departure Bay-Horseshoe Bay route this weekend as repair work on one of the vessels is taking longer than expected.

The ferry corporation had been planning to add sailings starting Saturday, June 23, to help with increased summer traffic, but won’t be able to do so until at least June 30, notes a B.C. Ferries travel advisory.

“Unfortunately, a planned repair to a propeller hub on the Coastal Inspiration is taking longer than planned to complete and this vessel will be delayed returning to service,” the advisory notes.

The corporation has had to cancel reservations on some sailings and says it will e-mail affected customers and provide refunds.

“Since being informed of the repair delay, B.C. Ferries has been working with existing ships and schedules to provide the maximum service possible,” the advisory notes.

The ferry corporation is adding five sailings on Sunday to try to mitigate the delays for travellers.

Sailings at 5:15 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. have been added to and from Duke Point and Tsawwassen on Sunday, June 24.

A 12:30 a.m. sailing from Departure Bay to Horseshoe Bay has been added in the early-morning hours of Monday, June 25.

B.C. Ferries asks that cusomers, “if at all possible, consider ride sharing, or travel as a foot passenger.”

June 24, June 28 and June 29 are expected to be the busiest travel days, according to the advisory. B.C. Ferries says it will update customers on repairs to the Coastal Inspiration in the coming days.

For ferry schedules, reservations, advisories and more information, visit www.bcferries.com.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Budget impact on Langley – climate, safety, and eventually, transit

Langley Township’s mayor talked about possible local impacts

Proposed 6.67% tax increase to be considered at Langley City council meeting

City to borrow $10 million a year over the next five years to prepare for the arrival of SkyTrain

West Fine Art Show honours the legacy of Langley artist Peter Ewart

Upcoming show, which benefits the Langley School District Foundation, will run March 6 to 8

Kodiaks stand unbeaten in junior hockey playoffs

Aldergrove advances to second round despite the loss and gain of crucial players

Recreation registration gets user-friendly through new Township of Langley system

Swimming, skating, camps, and classes can be accessed using online portal launching on Feb. 25

Pipeline dispute: Tories put no-confidence motion on House of Commons agenda

Conservatives say they have no confidence in the Trudeau government to end the rail blockades

B.C., federal ministers plead for meeting Wet’suwet’en dissidents

Scott Fraser, Carolyn Bennett says they can be in Smithers Thursday

TransLink seeks injunction ahead of pipeline, Indigenous rights protest

The protest rally is in opposition to the Coastal GasLink and Trans Mountain pipeline projects

Province shows no interest in proposed highway between Alberta and B.C.

Province says it will instead focus on expanding the Kicking Horse Canyon to four lanes

Mysterious bang booms over Sumas Mountain once again

Police unsure of source, quarry companies say, ‘not us’

First case of COVID-19 in B.C. has fully recovered, health officer says

Three other cases are symptom-free and expected to test negative soon

A&W employees in Ladysmith get all-inclusive vacation for 10 years of service

Kelly Frenchy, Katherine Aleck, and Muriel Jack are headed on all-expenses-paid vacations

Via Rail lays off 1,000 employees temporarily as anti-pipeline blockades drag on

The Crown corporation has suspended passenger trains on its Montreal-Toronto and Ottawa-Toronto

Budget 2020: Weaver ‘delighted,’ minority B.C. NDP stable

Project spending soars along with B.C.’s capital debt

Most Read