BC Ferries ‘Coastal Celebration’ headed back to dry dock, more sailings cancelled – BC

BC Ferry’s cruise ship Coastal Celebration has been grounded again.

The group announced on Wednesday that as of 2:00 p.m., the vessel will be suspended from all voyages until repairs are completed in drydock.

BC Ferries said the vessel entered dry dock on Monday and is expected to be back in service later next week.

As a result, from 20th July, 8 flights per day between Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay will be reduced.

BC Ferries said reservations for the ferry on July 19 will be accommodated on an alternate flight.

The Coastal Celebration has been having issues over the past few weeks.

Two flights were canceled on Monday, less than two weeks after the BC Ferries vessel completed repairs and returned to service.

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BC Ferries said the problem affecting the vessel was the ineffectiveness of the blade seals.

“Hydraulic fluid leaking from the blade seal is classified as light mineral oil,” the group said in a statement.

“Before entering dry dock, the vessel will be surrounded by a containment boom. While the vessel awaits repairs, the equipment causing the leak will be shut down and the spill response team will closely monitor the situation. .”

In a statement, BC Ferries said it could not yet confirm whether the leak was related to work carried out during the ship’s recent annual refurbishment, but said there was a strong possibility.

Those who have booked the Tsawwassen to Swarts Bay route will be contacted later in the day to let them know if there is space available to move their booking to another route. However, if you need to cancel your booking, the fare and fees will be refunded.

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BC Ferries said customers traveling without reservations should consider traveling on foot.

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