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Monday ferry waits averted by repairs to Queen of New Westminster

May 21 2012
The Queen of New Westminster is to return to service Monday with the scheduled 8 a.m. sailing from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay. 

The Queen of New Westminster is to return to service Monday with the scheduled 8 a.m. sailing from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay.

Photograph by: Darren Stone , timescolonist.com

Good news for B.C. Ferries travellers.

The Queen of New Westminster has been repaired and the long sailing waits between the Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen terminals that had been feared for Monday likely have been averted.

B.C. Ferries spokeswoman Deborah Marshall announced early Sunday evening that the Queen of New Westminster will return to service Monday with the scheduled 8 a.m. sailing from Tsawwassen on what is sure to be a busy Victoria Day as travellers return to and from Vancouver Island.

The Queen of New Westminster was out of commission for significant repairs Friday, Saturday and Sunday, causing 12 sailing cancellations between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen over the traditionally hectic Victoria Day weekend.

On Sunday, the 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. sailings out of Swartz Bay were cancelled as well as the noon and 4 p.m. trips from Tsawwassen.

Travellers were not expected to see much impact Sunday because it is historically the “quietest day of the long weekend,” Marshall said.

B.C. Ferries increased the number of runs for the Coastal Renaissance on Friday and Saturday to clear up sailing waits, but otherwise traffic continued without much disruption.

The Queen of New Westminster had troubles with its rudder on Friday, forcing the cancellation of the 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. sailings out of Swartz Bay and the 8 a.m. and noon ferries out of Tsawwassen.

A second, unrelated problem with the ship’s sea-water cooling system caused the generators to overheat, leading the same sailings to be cancelled Saturday.

For B.C. Ferries service updates, visit bcferries.com or call 1-888-223-3779.

dspalding@timescolonist.com

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