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Crew shortage cancels Crofton-Vesuvius evening ferry schedule last Tuesday

Customers advised to check latest information for other possible disruptions before travelling
The MV Quinitsa that runs between Crofton and Vesuvius Bay on Salt Spring Island. (File photo by Don Bodger)

Ferry service between Crofton and Vesuvius Bay on Salt Spring Island was disrupted last Tuesday due to a crewing issue.

Astrid Chang, manager of corporate communications, strategy and community engagement for BC Ferries, indicated Jan. 25 sailings at 7:55 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. from Crofton were cancelled as well as sailings from Vesuvius at 6:45, 8:30 and 9:30 p.m.

“A complimentary water taxi was provided and operated on the regular scheduled sailing times above. Customers needing to travel between Salt Spring Island and Vancouver Island with a vehicle had the option to do so via the Swartz Bay-Fulford Harbour route.

“We apologize for any inconvenience our customers may have experienced as a result of this cancellation.”

An advisory was issued earlier this month at It includes a link to the ‘routes at a glance’ page.

Chang noted full service was restored the following day and the ferry is running back on its normal schedule.

However, crew and staff shortages have become a common occurrence since the Omicron virus surfaced and left many businesses shorthanded.

For the most up-to-date sailing and departure information, Chang advised customers to follow @BCFerries on Twitter, visit or call 1-888-223-3779 toll free.

Don Bodger

About the Author: Don Bodger

I've been a part of the newspaper industry since 1980 when I began on a part-time basis covering sports for the Ladysmith-Chemainus Chronicle.
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