Wind damage to a nearby marina caused the cancellation of ferry sailing to and from Horeshoe Bay, but winds have now died down and sailings resumed this afternoon.
B.C. Ferries spokeswoman Astrid Braunschmidt said the debris that was in the bay was cleared after a "major storm damage" to the neighboring marina this morning. She said there was a lot of debris in the water, including loose boats and parts of the dock, but "a lot of debris that was in the water is being pushed away from the terminal."
Morning and early afternoon sailings to and from Departure Bay, Snug Cove and Langdale were canceled with the seas choppy off the North Shore and on its website, B.C. Ferries had issued a travel advisory showing that the sailings were canceled on all three Horseshoe Bay routes due to "severe weather."
A 1 p.m. Departure Bay-to-Horseshoe Bay sailing was canceled, as well as a 1:10 p.m. Snug Cove-to-Horseshoe Bay sailing and a 2:10 p.m. Horseshoe Bay-to-Langdale sailing.
B.C. Ferries determined, at one point in the early afternoon, that Horseshoe Bay travel would be shut down for the day, but that is no longer the case.
At 2:05 PM, B.C. Ferries announced a Horseshoe Bay-to-Snug Cove sailing would resume at 2:20 pm p.m. Subsequently, at 2:30 PM, it was announced that the service from Langdale to Horseshoe Bay would resume at 3:15 p.m.
Departure Bay-to-Horseshoe Bay service is resuming at 3:20 p.m. with a ferry departing from Departure Bay.
Two ferries from Nanaimo were held outside Horseshoe Bay this morning and forced to turn back to Vancouver Island.
Watch for updates at www.bcferries.com and on B.C. Ferries' Twitter feed.
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