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B.C. Ferries juggling sailings due to mechanical problems

Jul 31 2012

There will be more disruptions Tuesday of the B.C. Ferries schedule after a damaged propeller blade on the Spirit of B.C. caused afternoon sailing cancellations between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen Monday.

B.C. Ferries said the difficulties aboard two ships Monday — there was also a problematic electronic component in the engine of the Coastal Celebration — caused both ferries to run behind schedule Monday.

The Coastal Celebration had been fixed by about 3 p.m. However, the Spirit of B.C. propeller problem slowed it down throughout the day.

The mechanical problems caused a chain reaction, prompting the cancellation of the Queen of New Westminster’s 4 p.m. scheduled departure out of Tsawwassen and its 6 p.m. trip from Swartz Bay.

The Queen of New Westminster replaced the Spirit of B.C. on the busier 7 p.m. sailing out of Tsawwassen and at 9 p.m. out of  Swartz Bay.

The Spirit of B.C. will be pulled out of Tuesday’s rotation for two round trips (the 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. sailings from Tsawwassen and the 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. sailings out of Swartz Bay) while divers repair the propeller blade.

To make up for the lost sailings, B.C. Ferries will add an 8 p.m. sailing out of Tsawwassen and a 10 p.m. sailing out of Swartz Bay to catch  displaced travellers.

“We want to get this fixed before the long weekend,”  B.C. Ferries spokeswoman Deborah Marshall said.

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