Denman Island ferry back in service after mechanical problems

The cable ferry that runs between Buckley Bay on Vancouver Island and Denman Island was sidelined for several hours Thursday morning due to mechanical problems.

The 9 a.m. sailing leaving Buckley Bay had to be held in dock due to a hydraulic problem with one of the ramps on the ship. Service resumed about 1:40 p.m.

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B.C. Ferries said the vessel was in “shuttle mode” for the rest of the day to clear the traffic and get customers to their destinations as soon as possible.

“We certainly apologize to our customers for any inconvenience the mechanical issue may have caused and appreciate their patience,” said spokeswoman Tessa Humphries.

The $15-million cable ferry, named the Baynes Sound Connector, has a length of 258 feet and can carry 150 passengers and 50 vehicles.

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