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BC Ferries has cancelled several sailings between Nanaimo’s Departure Bay and Vancouver’s Horseshoe Bay due to mechanical difficulties Thursday.

The company says that a “main engine problem” aboard the Queen of Oak Bay vessel is responsible for the cancellations.

The cancelled sailings include:

  • 8:25 am departing Departure Bay
  • 10:40 am departing Horseshoe Bay
  • 1:00 pm departing Departure Bay
  • 3:45 pm departing Horseshoe Bay
  • 5:55 pm departing Departure Bay

“We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience you may experience as a result of this cancellation,” said BC Ferries Thursday.

Meanwhile, the company is continuing to operate at a reduced number of sailings due to COVID-19.

Last week, the ferry service asked that travellers avoid all non-essential travel on its routes during the pandemic.

In a rare move, BC Ferries also asked that passengers remain in their vehicles during sailings to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The company says that further service changes are likely to occur after the ferry operator meets with the province later this week. 

#ServiceNotice #HorseshoeBay - #DepartureBay #QueenOfOakBay has cancelled sailings for the remainder of the day. Full notice here: https://t.co/X9tZka1HOs ^sd

— BC Ferries (@BCFerries) April 2, 2020