There will be a change in ferry service this summer.
BC Ferries issued an advisory that “due to a mechanical problem with its main engine, the Northern Expedition was taken out of service on June 3 and will require major repairs. BC Ferries estimates that the return to service date will be early August; this date will be confirmed by the end of June.
The press release also noted that while the Northern Expedition undergoes repairs, “a modified northern schedule will be in place on the Inside Passage and Haida Gwaii routes served by Northern Adventure by early this month. August”.
Customers who booked on the affected crossings, the Inside Passage and Haida Gwaii, have been contacted by the BC Ferries customer service team. New bookings can now be made until September 30, on these specific routes.
“The safety of our passengers and crew is our top priority,” the statement added. “We don’t make the decision to revise sailing schedules lightly because we know customers rely on us to get to their destinations. We recognize that this is not good news for our customers and our communities who have been eagerly awaiting the lifting of travel bans and the return of travel this summer. We apologize for any inconvenience these schedule changes may cause and will keep you posted as more information is available on the North Expedition repair plan. We are working to repair the ship as quickly as possible.
Port Hardy Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Elizabeth Aman-Hume weighed in on the issue, noting that “BC Ferries assure us that they understand the significant impact on all communities with the decommissioning period of this vessel and that addressing and mitigating these impacts remains their top priority.
Aman-Hume continued, saying that as a member of BC Ferries’ Northern Routes Advisory Board, she is kept abreast of the situation with weekly meetings and email updates.
“If you have any concerns or issues that need to be resolved, please let me know so that I can take them directly to BC Ferries. I am here to defend our community and to ensure that we are taken care of during this major disruption in service. “
You can reach Aman-Hume by emailing him at [email protected] or by phone at (250) 949-7622.
North Island Gazette