A windstorm warning is in effect for most of Vancouver Island, as waves pound beaches along Dallas Road and BC Ferries trips are cancelled for Dec. 20. (Keili Bartlett/News staff)

Two-sailing wait after windstorm cancels 130 BC Ferries sailings

More than a dozen routes had cancellations on Dec. 20

As winds slammed Vancouver Island on Dec. 20, BC Ferries faced 130 sailings cancellations to 14 routes.

“It was quite an unusual storm,” said BC Ferries spokesperson Deborah Marshall. “We probably haven’t seen that for seven or eight years.”

The decision was made for safety as winds blew over 40 knots, raising the sea state by more than two metres. BC Ferries is clearing debris from their terminals, especially at the Southern Gulf Islands where many trees fell. Tsawwassen also saw some flooding yesterday.

READ MORE: BC Ferries cancels 80 sailings amid windstorm

“We do want to remind customers to be very cautious as they are driving out to the terminals because there is a lot of debris on the roads, particularly on the Southern Gulf Islands,” Marshall said.

Any reservations made for Thursday sailings were cancelled and automatically refunded. Customers do not have to contact BC Ferries for a refund. Those passengers can travel on standby today.

“We don’t want to keep the issue going on subsequent sailings, having a knock-on effect for customers who have already booked reservations today,” she said.

As of 8:30 a.m. there is a two-sailing wait for both Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay, but reservations are being honoured. Four vessels are operating on that route.

“Ironically, we scheduled extra sailings to start yesterday for our holiday schedule, but we do have lots of extra sailings scheduled from today through Jan. 2,” Marshall said.

She added that BC Ferries usually sees a 10-day period of busy travelling around the winter holidays. They expect Sunday, Dec. 23, Boxing Day, Dec. 27 and 28 to be particularly active travel days.

READ MORE: Man rescued after B.C. city’s pier breaks up in windstorm


@KeiliBartlett
keili.bartlett@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

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

Just Posted

Report looks at COVID-19’s impact on violence in the family

Police across Canada reported almost 100,000 cases of intimate partner violence in 2018

Greater Victoria woman creates ‘call list’ for seniors to tackle loneliness

Call list allows seniors to have some friendly conversation during isolating times

Saanich’s Shelbourne corridor work set to start despite pandemic

Municipal work is deemed an essential service, keeping the long-term project on track

BC Ferries further reduces sailings in response to COVID-19

Any sailing reservations cancelled due to schedule changes will be refunded

UPDATE: Canadians awake to extra COVID-19 emergency benefit money, feds clarify changes

The CRA and federal officials are working to clarify the confusion around payments

B.C. asking companies to contribute through online COVID-19 supply hub

New platform to co-ordinate, source, expedite supplies and equipment to support front-line workers

Controls can keep Canadian COVID-19 deaths under 22,000, health agency says

With poor containment measures, the death toll could be much, much higher, the agency says

People needing addictions services feel ‘abandoned’ during pandemic, B.C.’s ex-top doctor says

Widespread job losses and more homelessness due to physical distancing at shelters have added hurdles

Canada lost 1,011,000 jobs in March, unemployment rate up to 7.8%: StatCan

Unemployment rate hits levels not seen since 2010

COVID-19 world update: 6.6 million U.S. jobless claims; alcohol sales banned in Bangkok

Comprehensive digest of coronavirus news items from around the world

B.C. sorting medical equipment sales, donation offers for COVID-19

Supply hub has call out for masks, gowns, coronavirus swabs

B.C. records five more deaths due to COVID-19, 45 new cases

A total of 838 people have recovered from the virus

Most Read