Ferries cancelled due to high winds

Cindy E. Harnett - Times Colonist

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B.C. Ferries has cancelled several sailings today because of high winds.

Cancellations on B.C. Ferries website include: Comox (Little River) — Powell River (Westview); Vancouver (Tsawwassen) — Nanaimo (Duke Point); Vancouver (Tsawwassen) — Victoria (Swartz Bay); and Vancouver (Tsawwassen) — Nanaimo (Duke Point).

B.C. Ferries’ update just past 9 a.m. confirmed the Coastal Celebration has cancelled its 11 a.m. sailing departing Tsawwassen and its 1 p.m. sailing departing Swartz Bay “due to adverse weather conditions — high winds.”

The Coastal Inspiration has also cancelled its noon sailing departing Swartz Bay in North Saanich and 2 p.m. departing Tsawwassen in Vancouver.

In Nanaimo, the Queen of New Westminster has cancelled its 10:15 a.m sailing departing Tsawwassen and its 12:45 p.m. departing Duke Point.

Meanwhile, mechanical difficulty with the Queen of Coquitlam’s propeller pitch has seen the cancellation of the: 5:15 a.m. departing Duke Point; 7:45 a.m. departing Tsawwassen; 10:15 a.m. departing Duke Point and 12:45 p.m. departing Tsawwassen.

The Salish Orca departing Comox at 6:20 a.m. and Powell River at 8:05 a.m. was cancelled due to high winds, in addition to the 10 a.m. departing Comox (Little River) and the 11:50 a.m. departing Powell River (Westview).

“The safety of our passengers and crew is of primary importance to us,” says B.C. Ferries. “We don’t take the decision to cancel sailings lightly, as we know customers rely on us to get to their destinations.”

Updated ferries information can be found by calling 1-888-BCFERRY (223-3779), on Twitter at @BCFerries or www.bcferries.com.

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