The Queen of Prince Rupert is going in again for an ‘unscheduled repair.’ The ferry, built in 1966 and which underwent a $6-million plus refit just last winter, will be withdrawn from service between October 2 – 9, for repairs to the bow thruster.
The problem is ‘nothing critical,’ according to BC Ferries Communications Manager Ann Carpenter, who also said that it has, in fact, been malfunctioning for months.
“During the summer, when there’s good weather, it’s not a major concern,” she said, “but we definitely want it to be fixed before winter.” The thruster, although not part of the main propulsion system, assists in manoeuvering while docking, and other smaller adjustments.
Ms Carpenter said they had intentionally waited for the end of the busy season, but before the winter schedule, with one boat serving two routes, begins.
The Queen of the North will be filling in for the QPR, and although it will significantly disrupt the mid-coast schedule, there’s no effect expected on the Skidegate-Prince Rupert route.
“But we want to make sure that everybody’s in the loop,” said Ms Carpenter, in case islanders are planning travel during that week. For updated schedule info, check out the website at www.bcferries.com.
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