The MV Kuper was out of service for two months. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Thetis and Penelakut Island residents glad for regular ferry’s return

Two-month period for MV Kuper’s retrofit ends

It’s been two months too long for Thetis and Penelakut Island residents.

The regular ferry between the Islands and Chemainus, the MV Kuper, has been out of commission for two months on a quarter life refit and just returned this week.

“Thetis and Penelakut customers can’t wait to see her back in service,” noted Keith Rush, co-chair of the Route 20, Chemainus-Thetis-Penelakut, Ferry Advisory Committee.

The replacement vessel, the MV Kahloke, had a rough start on Oct. 9, Rush added, when some rope got tangled in one of the Right Angle Drives. It was out of service for more than 24 hours as BC Ferries scrambled to get a new RAD from the Lower Mainland.

“BC Ferries put on water taxis to return passengers to Thetis and Penelakut Islands,” Rush noted. “Vehicles had to wait until the following day. The 25-car Kahloke is insufficient at times of heavy traffic compared to the 32-car Kuper.”

But that’s all past now and residents are looking forward to smooth sailing in December.

Just Posted

Mount Washington opening for winter season this weekend

The resort’s original opening day was delayed due to lack of snow

IIO doesn’t recommend charges after motorcyclist death in Mill Bay

An off-duty VicPD officer was involved in the crash

New wind warning for most of Vancouver Island

Forecasters are calling for strong winds up to 90km/h for some areas

Two boats reported in trouble in Cowoichan Bay on Dec. 13

Coast Guard responds, but finds only one vessel that required assistance

VIDEO: Kitten rescued from under school bus in Duncan

School staff have affectionately called kitten “Axle”

VIDEO: Royals reveal the images on their Christmas cards

Prince William and his wife Kate are shown outside in casual clothes, their three young children in tow

Media, robotics, Indigenous studies coming to B.C. Grade 12 classrooms in 2019-20

Provincial tests are also being changed for students in Grade 10 to 12, the Education Ministry said

ICBC to apply for 6.3% hike to basic insurance rates

Crown Corporation said it will be submitting its next basic rate application to the British Columbia Utilities Commission Friday

Stranded B.C. trucker writes final wishes before being rescued 3 days later

‘I was just praying someone would come along’

Canfor Corp. extending temporary curtailment of sawmills in B.C.; cutting hours

Vancouver-based company says the decision is due to declining lumber prices, high log costs and log supply constraints

Canada’s prospective world junior team members await final roster decisions

Thirty-four players were invited to the national junior selection camp

Woman guilty of impaired driving in death of Vancouver Island pedestrian

Man in his 70s killed in 2016 Courtenay multi-vehicle incident

Family searching for B.C. professor last seen at Colombian salsa club

Ramazan Gencay, a professor in economics at Simon Fraser University, was last seen in Medellin

Rash of bomb threats a learning opportunity for response capacity, Goodale

Thursday’s wave of bomb threats swept across communities on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border

Most Read