(Skeena Queen/West Coast Ferries Forum)

Staffing issues continue to pose a problem for BC Ferries.

The transportation company announced regularly scheduled evening sailings between Victoria and Salt Spring Island will continue to be cancelled until Thursday, due to staffing issues.

Until July 28th, the last daily sailing of the Skeena Queen will leave Fulford Harbour at 3:50 p.m. and Swartz Bay at 5 p.m. 

The cancellations include:

  • 5:50 p.m. departing Fulford Harbour (Salt Spring Island)
  • 7:00 p.m. departing Swartz Bay (Victoria)
  • 7:50 p.m. departing Fulford Harbour (Salt Spring Island)
  • 9:00 p.m. departing Swartz Bay (Victoria)

After this, a free 48-person water taxi will operate on the route, to replace the cancelled sailings. 

This taxi is a passenger-only service. 

BC Ferries’ original cancellation announcement had also included evening sailings on Friday, July 29th and Saturday, July 30th.

However, on the afternoon of July 25th, the company announced crew availability for those days had been resolved and sailings would operate as normal. 

The disruptions were announced amid ongoing cancellations and delays in the ferry system and the recent firing of CEO Mark Collins.

You can stay up to date with travel advisories and cancellations on the BC Ferries website.

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