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Crew shortages continue to affect some B.C. Ferries services and sailings on Sunday

Cancellation on Sunday of Departure Bay-Horseshoe Bay at 5:25 p.m. and Horseshoe Bay-Departure Bay at 7:30 p.m.
B.C. Ferries vessel Queen of Coquitlam. Photo: B.C. Ferries

Shortages of crew members have led to some cancelled and delayed B.C. Ferries sailings on Sunday.

A staff shortage on the Queen of Coquitlam ferry resulted in the cancellation of the 5:25 p.m. departure from Departure Bay in Nanaimo to Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver and the cancellation of the Horseshoe Bay-Departure Bay sailing at 7:30 p.m.

That route was affected earlier in the day by a shortage of staff. B.C. Ferries put out a notice on social media saying the 11:15 a.m. Departure Bay to Horseshoe Bay sailing would be late because of a crew shortage. A replacement worker was found and the ferry was close to an hour late leaving Nanaimo.

Baggage service was suspended on the Horseshoe Bay-Departure Bay route earlier Sunday because of a crew shortage.

The majority of the fleet sailed on time. Occasional delays were also caused by factors such as a stalled vehicle, congestion at a terminal and mechanical problems or upgrade work.

On Saturday, B.C. Ferries noted that crew shortages affected some baggage and food services and resulted in delays.

B.C. Ferries is eager to hire more trained and licensed workers and is offering cash incentives.

It is looking for marine engineers to work out of Horseshoe Bay, Swartz Bay, Nanaimo, Comox and Campbell River.