Massive Ferry Delays in Nanaimo and Tsawwassen Following Arrest of Passengers – BC | Globalnews.ca

BC Ferries crossings resumed from Duke Point and Tsawwassen early Friday morning, but long delays are expected after a passenger was arrested.

“There was a police incident aboard the Coastal Inspiration on Thursday evening which had a ripple effect on the service (Friday),” spokeswoman Deborah Marshall said.


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Massive ferry delays in Nanaimo and Tsawwassen follow overnight police incident


Massive ferry delays in Nanaimo and Tsawwassen follow overnight police incident

“We had our crews working intensive and excessive hours on Thursday evening on two of our vessels on the Tsawwassen to Duke Point route, and as a result, we had to suspend them for Friday evening crossings, due to fatigue from the crew.”

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Friday’s final sailings from Tsawwassen to Duke Point are scheduled to depart around 3 p.m.

“It also caused delays on the Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay route, so we will be falling behind on that route as well,” Marshall said.

The three main ferry routes from Metro Vancouver to Vancouver Island are expected to experience significant delays.

BC Ferries advises anyone without a reservation to consider postponing their travel plans until Saturday.


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Police had been called to Coastal Inspiration after he left the Nanaimo terminal, but quickly turned and returned.

Nanaimo RCMP say officers were called to the terminal around 9 p.m. to a report of a vehicle passenger “behaving erratically on the ferry.”


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In a press release, Const. Gary O’Brien said one person was arrested for “drug intoxication”.

“Officers were advised that two adult males were associated with the vehicle and the second person could not be accommodated,” O’Brien said.

CCTV footage showed the missing man may have left the ship on his return to Nanaimo and left in a waiting taxi.

“When the individual who was arrested on the ferry is sober, he will be questioned before his release. At this time, there is no warrant of foul play and this incident is being treated as a missing person investigation,” O’Brien said.

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Passengers on another ferry, the Coastal Renaissance, were also made to sit and wait for hours at Duke Point while RCMP boarded the Coastal Inspiration for investigation.

“We’ve been here since 5:45 a.m. for a reservation for the 7 a.m. sailing,” said Emma Keeler, who was waiting at the Tsawwassen terminal at around 7:15 a.m.

“There are no ferry employees to let people know what is going on. There were cars lined up outside Tsawwassen Mills [shopping mall]. There was also no email communication for reservations.

The long queues caused further chaos, with some people apparently driving on the wrong side of the road trying to enter the terminal.

Keeler said three police officers arrived around 6:30 a.m. to help direct traffic.

With files from The Canadian Press

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