BC Ferries’ Skeena Queen will undergo a refit January 3 to February 8, 2017 as part of regulatory and preventative maintenance planning. For the duration of the refit, service on the Swartz Bay-Fulford Harbour route will be provided by a combination of the Bowen Queen and the Queen of Cumberland.
As the vehicle capacity of the Bowen Queen is lower than that of the Skeena Queen, BC Ferries will be deploying the Queen of Cumberland during the weekday mornings to better meet expected demand. The Queen of Cumberland normally services the Swartz Bay-Southern Gulf Island route, where the Bowen Queen will provide service during those same sailing times. The vessels will ‘swap routes’ during each weekday and there will be minor changes to early afternoon sailing times on the Swartz Bay-Fulford Harbour route schedule.
“This refit will be the last work performed prior to a significant mid-life upgrade for the Skeena Queen,” said Mark Wilson, BC Ferries’ Vice President of Engineering. “Conducting this work is important to maintaining safe, reliable service, and we have planned this work for what is traditionally the lowest traffic period of the year.”
Under contract to the Province of British Columbia, BC Ferries is the service provider responsible for the delivery of safe, efficient and dependable ferry service along coastal British Columbia. - 3