The MV Kuper coming out of Chemainus Bay. (Photo by Don Bodger)

The MV Kuper coming out of Chemainus Bay. (Photo by Don Bodger)

MV Kuper ferry out of service for 24 hours before being repaired

Foot passenger water taxi fills the gap for Chemainus-Thetis-Penelakut route

A mechanical issue with the MV Kuper last week stranded vehicle traffic trying to get between Thetis and Penelakut Islands and Chemainus for 24 hours.

“The vessel had a problem with its right angle drive,” noted Astrid Chang, manager of corporate communications for British Columbia Ferry Services Inc.

The issue occurred late Wednesday afernoon, Aug. 4. Engineers and divers worked Wednesday evening and Thursday to make repairs. The vessel resumed service on the route Thursday night.

“While the vessel was being repaired, we provided complimentary foot passenger water taxi service,” Chang indicated.

“We apologize to our customers for any inconvenience they may have experienced as a result of the associated sailing cancellations. The safety of our passengers and crew is of primary importance to us. We don’t take the decision to cancel sailings lightly, as we know customers rely on us to get to their destinations.”