Spirit of Vancouver Island Rescue
The Spirit of Vancouver Island approaches the Tawwassen ferry terminal near Roberts Bank, May 12, 2013. (Photo/Dennis J. Dubinsky) 9030682

BC Ferries have cancelled multiple sailings for this Wednesday afternoon, September 29th.

The Spirit of Vancouver Island is experiencing mechanical difficulties with its starboard gearbox, BC Ferries said in a release.

And just announced this afternoon at 11:50 a.m., the Coastal Celebration is currently holding in dock at Swartz Bay due to a BC Hydro power outage, affecting ramp operations.

In addition to the below, the 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. sailings from this morning departing Swartz Bay did not go forward.

Today’s cancellations include:

  • 1 p.m. departing Tsawwassen
  • 3 p.m. departing Swartz Bay
  • 5 p.m. departing Tsawwassen
  • 7 p.m. departing Swartz Bay
  • 9 p.m. departing Tsawwassen

An additional round trip from the Coastal Celebration is scheduled for 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. tonight in order to supplement the cancelled sailings.

BC Ferries said that they apologize for any inconvenience.

“We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience you may experience as a result of these cancellations,” BC Ferries said in a statement.

“We are working to resolve the issue, and we will keep you informed as soon as more information becomes available.”

Environment Canada has issued a wind warning for eastern Vancouver Island this evening which could lead to further ferry cancellations.

The weather agency warned of southeast winds reaching 70km/h.

“Strong southeast winds will develop over parts of the South Coast this afternoon as a vigorous frontal system approaches Vancouver Island. Winds will rise to southeast 70 km/h early this evening over northern sections of the Sunshine Coast and East,” stated the wind warning.

To stay up-to-date on sailing and departure information, BC Ferries encourages customers to follow BC Ferries on Twitter, visit their current conditions webpage at www.bcferries.com or call BC Ferries toll free at 1-888-223-3779.

Subscribe to the Victoria Buzz newsletter to receive the latest news, events and more directly to your inbox. Every day.