Two completed Hullo vessels docked at the Damen Group facility in Vietnam (CNW Group/Vancouver Island Ferry Company)

BC’s latest maritime venture, Hullo Ferries, faced a bumpy start as they were forced to cancel their inaugural sailings due to a combination of adverse weather conditions.

The high-speed ferry service, designed to connect downtown Vancouver and Nanaimo, had planned to commence operations on Monday, but unforeseen challenges have prompted the company to prioritize safety and reliability for its passengers.

The ferry service’s launch on Monday had to be delayed due to a mix of power outages and strong winds in the region.

On Tuesday, the private ferry company released a statement saying all sailings for the day are cancelled due to a “deliberate and measured approach to ensuring long term safety and reliability for the service.”

This decision was attributed to Environment Canada’s ongoing strong wind warning over the open waters of the Strait of Georgia.

In light of these weather-related challenges, Hullo Ferries outlined their revised schedule for the upcoming days.

The company plans to commence sailings on Wednesday, albeit with a modified schedule.

Instead of the originally planned eight daily sailings, the revised schedule will include two departures from both Nanaimo and Vancouver.

Departures from Nanaimo are set for 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., while departures from Vancouver are scheduled for noon and 6:30 p.m. These adjusted timings will remain in effect at least until the end of August.

To accommodate the changes, Hullo Ferries assured passengers who had booked the previously planned sailings for Tuesday that they would be contacted and offered rescheduling options.

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