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Ferry delayed due to mechanical issue
On May 21, 2019, the "Queen of Alberni", sailing on the Duke Point-Tsawwassen run, was an hour behind schedule due to a mechanical issue. Engineers were working to fix the problem. Some B.C. Ferries sailings were delayed in the morning with ticketing problems at the Swartz Bay terminal at both the vehicle and foot passenger booths for Salt Spring Island, the Southern Gulf Islands and Tsawwassen.
Ferry dragged fishing boat
On Oct 24, 2018, a propeller of the "Queen of Alberni" got entangled in a fishing net in the Strait of Georgia, B.C., near the Duke Point terminal at Entrance Island, while sailing on the Tsawwassen-Nanaimo route. The area was teeming with 75 fishing boats, one putting its net right across the ferry’s course. The ferry dragged the fishing boat astern for some time, while trying to contact the boat on VHF, but to no avail. Finally the ferry had to reverse, and the net went off propeller. No damages reported, either to the ferry or the fishing boat. The ferry continued to Nanaimo, about 20 minutes behind schedule. Report with video: https://www.cheknews.ca/fishing-boat-dragged-backward-by-queen-of-alberni-after-vessel-snags-net-near-nanaimo-502236/
BC Ferries eyes construction of five new double-enders
BC Ferries is planning to build five new double-nded ferries to replace its C-Class ships: Queen of Alberni, Queen of Coquitlam, Queen of Cowichan, Queen of Oak Bay and Queen of Surrey. BC Ferries has kicked off the acquisition process with a Request For Proposal that, it says, "identifies a business opportunity for the successful Proponent(s) to provide design and technical support services related to the development of construction bid packages, and review of shipyard proposals, associated with the procurement process leading to a contract for five Passenger Double-ended ferries." The first new vessel is reportedly projected to go into service by 2024.Upload News