UPDATE: In an updated press release Friday, BC announced three additional sailings have been cancelled:
- 2:00 pm departing Tsawwassen due to wind
- 4:00 pm departing Swartz Bay and 6:00 pm departing Tsawwassen due to staffing issues
4:00 pm ex. Swartz Bay
6:00 pm ex. Tsawwassen
Full notice available online here: https://t.co/8JKwVf8Iv2. ^ab
— BC Ferries (@BCFerries) January 7, 2022
In a service notice Friday, BC Ferries announced the cancellation of six sailings affecting the Spirit of Vancouver Island, Coastal Renaissance and Coastal Celebration due to high winds.
The cancellations affect sailings between Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay, a popular and heavily trafficked route.
According to BC Ferries, Friday’s 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. sailings leaving Tsawwassen and 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. leaving Swartz Bay have been cancelled.
Swartz Bay: 9am, 11am & 12pm
Tsawwassen: 9am, 11am & 2pm
— BC Ferries | Reconnecting BC (@BCFerries) January 7, 2022
“The safety of our passengers and crew is of primary importance to us. We don’t take the decision to cancel sailings lightly, as we know customers rely on us to get to their destinations. We will resume service as soon as it is safe to do so,” BC Ferries said in a release.
“We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience experienced as a result of these cancellations.”
Environment Canada issued a wind warning for Friday until late this afternoon.
The weather agency is expecting southwesterly winds around 50 km/h, gusting to 70 km/h, in the majority of the region Friday. Winds will be a little more severe near the Juan de Fuca Strait, with 70 km/h winds gusting up to 90 km/h.
Customers with bookings will have their bookings cancelled and reservation fees refunded.