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Mechanical issue, high winds cancel BC Ferries Quadra Island runs

Afternoon Powell River Queen sailings cancelled, water taxi service to be provided
The Powell River Queen has had a mechanical issue, prompting the cancellation of sailings on Dec. 7, 2022. Photo by Scott Arkell/BC Ferries

A number of BC Ferries sailings between Campbell River and Quadra Island were cancelled Wednesday afternoon due to a mechanical issue, and adverse weather conditions.

The issue is with the Powell River Queen: one of the vessel’s right angle drives is malfunctioning. The issue lowers the vessel’s wind tolerance, which due to forecasted adverse weather conditions caused the cancellation of sailings with that vessel for Dec. 7.

A 12-passenger water taxi has also been sourced to provide complimentary foot traffic on the same schedule. The route for the water taxi will be between the Quathiaski Cove Marina on Quadra Island and Coast Marina in Campbell River.

The Campbell River School District issued a notice to parents about afternoon sailings.

“BC Ferries has informed the school district that the last sailing from Campbell River to Quadra Island this afternoon, December 7, will leave Campbell River at 1:30 p.m,” the notice says. “Afternoon bus service for Quadra Island students attending Phoenix Middle School, Carihi Secondary, Robron Centre and École des Deux Mondes to the ferry will start at 1 p.m. today to allow students to be on the 1:30 sailing back to Quadra Island.”

Quadra Elementary runs for Route 9 and Route 10 will run as scheduled.

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Marc Kitteringham

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I joined Campbell River Mirror in early 2020, writing about the environment, housing, local government and more.
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