Labour Day Sailings Cancelled Due to BC Ferries Crew Shortfall After Accident

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BC Ferries confirmed this weekend’s series of cancelled sailings across B.C.’s Sunshine Coast resulted from a shortfall of crew members. This shortage was due to an unfortunate car accident involving one of their employees, for whom a replacement could not be found in time.

As a result, the Labour Day weekend witnessed the cancellation of 12 sailings between Saltery Bay, near Powell River, and Earls Cove on the Sunshine Coast. The breakdown of the cancelled trips comprised four round trips on Saturday, one round trip on Sunday, and the final round trip axed on Monday.

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However, the company emphasized that operations on the major routes between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island ran smoothly throughout the extended weekend, barring a brief hiccough. On Saturday, BC Ferries initially announced the cancellation of two sailings on the Tsawwassen-Swartz Bay route, linking Metro Vancouver and Greater Victoria, due to the staff crisis. However, the issue was promptly resolved, enabling the voyages to proceed as planned within half an hour of the announcement.

By Monday, BC Ferries reported a smooth flow of traffic across its pivotal terminals. They also confirmed that various levels of space were available for standby traffic on the scheduled sailings.

Traditionally, the Labour Day long weekend stands as BC Ferries’ fourth busiest travel weekend of the year. It follows B.C. Day, Canada Day, and Thanksgiving in terms of volume. The ferry service estimated it would transport approximately 520,000 passengers and 200,000 vehicles from August 31st to September 5th.