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Ferry breakdown causes numerous sailing cancellations to and from Nanaimo ahead of long weekend

Sailings from Departure Bay and Horseshoe Bay cancelled Thursday and Friday
The B.C. Ferries the Queen of Alberni broke down this week, causing sailing cancellations the day before the long weekend. (News Bulletin file photo)

A B.C. Ferries vessel is docked with engine trouble causing numerous cancellations ahead of the Canada Day long weekend.

B.C. Ferries, in a service notice, advised that the Queen of Alberni is being repaired and all its sailings today, June 30, have been cancelled. Four sailings from Nanaimo’s Departure Bay and four sailings from West Vancouver’s Horseshoe Bay have been cancelled. An additional three sailings from Departure Bay and three from Horseshoe Bay have been cancelled on Friday, July 1.

“Following an earlier engineering update, an additional issue was discovered with the Queen of Alberni’s piston assembly, which will require critical machining to repair,” noted B.C. Ferries. “In order to complete these and the earlier repairs to its main engine cylinder head and liner, the Queen of Alberni will remain out of service [Thursday]. Our engineering team continues to work diligently to resolve the issue.”

The impacted sailings for Thursday, June 30, include the 7:40 a.m., 12:25 p.m., 5 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. sailings from Departure Bay and the 10 a.m., 2:45 p.m., 7:20 p.m. and 11:40 p.m. sailings from Horseshoe Bay.

The impacted sailings for Friday, July 1, include the 7:40 a.m., 12:25 p.m. and 5 p.m. sailings from Departure Bay and the 10 a.m., 2:45 p.m. and 7:20 p.m. sailings from Horseshoe Bay. Sailings after that are expected to proceed as scheduled, noted B.C. Ferries.

“We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience you may experience as a result of these cancellations,” the service notice concluded.

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