BC Ferries was up and running again on Saturday morning after high winds caused 25 sailing cancellations on Friday. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)

BC Ferries resumes sailings after 25 cancellations on Friday due to high winds

Both the Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen terminals have waits

BC Ferries was up and running again on Saturday morning after high winds caused 25 sailing cancellations on Friday – most of which were on the Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay route.

Everything is back to normal, said BC Ferries spokesperson Deborah Marshall. The Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen terminals are busy but all vessels are in use.

READ ALSO: Next sailing on Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay route is 7 a.m. on Saturday

Folks without reservations can expect at least a two sailing wait at the Swartz Bay terminal and a 3 sailing wait in Tsawwassen, said Marshall. The schedule will remain dynamic throughout the day, but the storm has passed and the winds have died down so no cancellations are expected for Saturday, she explained.

The company also added two extra sailings to the Saturday schedule in each direction to manage the traffic that overflowed from Friday – an 8 a.m. and a 12 p.m. from Swartz Bay and a 10 a.m. and a 2 p.m. from Tsawwassen. The extra sailings will not have reservations.

As of Saturday morning, the 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. ferries from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay were 100 per cent full and the 1 p.m. was already 80 per cent full. On the Swartz Bay side, by 7 a.m. the 7 a.m., 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. ferries were at capacity and the 11 a.m. was 60 per cent full.

READ ALSO: ‘One Sailing White’: Passengers concoct punny drink names for BC Ferries’ onboard alcohol

On Friday evening, two ferries left Swartz Bay between 6:45 p.m. and 7:40 p.m. The first ferry was able to make the trip to Tsawwassen, but the second never went out into open water because the captain felt the conditions were unsafe, Marshall explained. At 10 p.m., the captain made the decision to turn the ferry around and return to Swartz Bay. Customers were onboard for three hours, she said. Some customers returned to the line up, others left.

Marshall noted that the company apologizes for the inconvenience to passengers.

“The decision to cancel sailings was not taken lightly, but safety is the priority.”

BC Ferries is continually updating the Travel Advisory tab, the Service Notices tab and the Current Conditions tab and the BC Ferries Twitter.


@devonscarlett
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

devon.bidal@saanichnews.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Saanich police arrest suspect in arson spree near Camosun College Lansdowne campus

Calgary man in police custody waiting for a tele-bail hearing, constable says

VIDEO: Man breaks up Saanich road rage fight

Two men were throwing punches on Tillicum Road

Saanich Peninsula Hospital to host new COVID-19 testing facilities

It is not clear yet when they will go into action

Three impaired drivers stopped in Saanich over one weekend

Drivers receive 90-day driving prohibition, month-long vehicle impound

‘We will get through this’: B.C. sees new COVID-19 death, but 57% have recovered

A total of 1,066 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus

POLL: Will you be able to make your rent or mortgage payment this month?

With the COVID-19 delivering a devastating blow to the global economy, and… Continue reading

Couple celebrates 61st anniversary through Vancouver Island seniors’ home window

Frank and Rena Phillips marked occasion at Nanaimo Seniors Village this week while social distancing

A look at some of the B.C. inventors creating life-saving tools in fight against COVID-19

Groups across B.C. are working together to create what they hope will help people affected by the pandemic

‘There can be no ambiguity’: Travellers brought home to B.C. must self-isolate

Health Minister Adrian Dix said the mandatory isolation must be abided by

Association launches French-language games, online tools for families learning at home

Games, culture and vocabulary included in new virtual resources

Belle from ‘Beauty and the Beast’ entertains home-bound kids in Cowichan Bay

Alora Killam, 16, played the part in musical two years ago

55+ BC Games cancelled amid COVID-19 concerns

Greater Victoria set to host 2021 event

BC Hydro offers three-month bill ‘holiday’ for those affected by COVID-19

Industrial customers can defer half of their power bills

Most Read