Earlier today, a hydraulic oil spill from the Coastal Inspiration forced B.C. Ferries to shut down operations from the Duke Point ferry terminal in Nanaimo.
According to CBC News, about 120 litres of oil spilled into the ocean from the doors at the bow end of the ship.
In order to start the clean-up process, B.C. Ferries temporarily shut down all operations from the Duke Point terminal this morning (October 23rd).
All traffic was redirected to the Departure Bay terminal instead, to which foot passengers were provided with taxi rides.
Two sailings this morning on the Coastal Inspiration had to be cancelled – 10:15 AM leaving from Duke Point and 12:45 PM from Tsawwassen to Duke Point – due to repairs being made to the ship.
Until repairs have been completed, the Queen of Alberni will be traversing the waters between Departure Bay and Tsawwassen.
B.C. Ferries hopes to have the clean up completed in time to open the Duke Point terminal later today.
Stay tuned to their website for updates.