Morning ferry sailings are cancelled as high winds hit terminals. (Black Press Media file photo)

UPDATE: BC Ferries resumes service between Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay

Sailings resume with 3 p.m. departures from Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay

Service has resumed on ferries travelling between North Saanich and the Lower Mainland after sailings were cancelled Friday morning and afternoon.

As of 1 p.m., BC Ferries said service will resume with the 3 p.m. departures from Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen.

Heavy winds caused BC Ferries to cancel all 7 and 9 a.m. sailings between Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay. The 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. sailings between the two destinations as well as the 2 p.m. sailing from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay were also cancelled.

READ ALSO: A dozen sailings between Greater Victoria and Greater Vancouver cancelled during first week of 2020

“The safety of our passengers and crew is of primary importance to us,” BC Ferries said in a service notice Friday morning. “We don’t take the decision to cancel sailings lightly, as we know customers rely on us to get to their destinations.”

Customers with cancelled reservations had their reservation fees fully refunded.

Once sailings resume, BC Ferries said customers will be loaded on a standby basis in their order of arrival at the terminal, after customers with a reservation have checked in.

The 3 p.m. sailings from Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay are 1oo per cent full and as of 2:05 p.m. the Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay ferry at 5 p.m. was 76 per cent full.

Environment Canada issued a wind warning for the region around 5 a.m., advising that a pacific frontal system moving across Vancouver Island would cause “strong winds that may cause damage.”

Southeast winds of 60 to 80 km/h were predicted to develop in the morning over Greater Victoria near Haro Strait, the Southern Gulf Islands, the north and central sections of east Vancouver Island, and the Sunshine Coast.

The winds were expected to ease up by noon.

Environment Canada warned that “loose objects may be tossed by the wind and cause injury or damage.” Drivers may need to adjust their driving with changing road conditions.

BC Ferries requests customers with reservations check-in at the terminals in accordance with scheduled sailing times to maintain reserved status.

READ ALSO: More B.C. Ferries sailings cancelled as windy weather persists


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

Victoria’s 75,000 veggie plants ready to find a home

New gardeners line-up for Get Growing Victoria

Vancouver Island hasn’t seen a new homegrown case of COVID-19 in two weeks

Island’s low and steady transmission rate chalked up to several factors

No one injured in suspicious Victoria boat fire, say investigators

Victoria police and fire personnel called to blaze on waters near Selkirk Trestle May 22

Three people facing mischief charges after protests at Premier John Horgan’s home

Special prosecutor was appointed to avoid real or perceived undue influence

VIDEO: Saanich police tackle man who refused to move off Trans-Canada Highway

At this point, it is unclear why the man refused to move

Dump truck in Nanaimo snags power lines, snaps hydro pole, crashes

No injuries in incident Monday morning on Old Victoria Road

Ferry sailings scheduled once again at Nanaimo’s Departure Bay terminal

BC Ferries announces that resumption of service June 3 includes four daily round trips

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

Island Health signs working agreement to turn former Comox hospital into a ‘dementia village’

Island Health has signed a project development agreement with Providence Living to… Continue reading

Kelowna man charged with harming a hamster

The 20-year-old Kelowna man faces several animal cruelty charges

High tech fish transport system set up to ‘whoosh’ salmon past Big Bar landslide

Fish will spend roughly 20 seconds inside the system, moving at roughly 20 metres per second

Trudeau to seek 10 days of paid sick leave for Canadian workers, says talks are ongoing

Paid sick leave is key to keeping COVID-19 spread under control, prime minister says

Snowbirds jets will not be leaving Kamloops, just yet

The Snowbirds have been in Kamloops since May 17 when a plane crashed killing Capt. Jennifer Casey

Most Read