British Columbia

Nearly 200 BC Ferries passengers stuck for hours on broken-down ship

Nearly 200 BC Ferries passengers finally disembarked from a broken-down ferry Tuesday night after being stuck on board for hours.

Queen of Alberni could not dock in Tsawwassen on Tuesday after gearbox issue

The Queen of Alberni leaves the ferry terminal in Tsawwassen in a file photo from 2007. (Richard Lam/The Canadian Press)

Nearly 200 BC Ferries passengers finally disembarked from a broken-down ferry Tuesday night after being stuck on board for hours.

A problem with a gearbox on the Queen of Alberni prevented the ferry from docking at the Tsawwassen terminal in the mid-afternoon.

BC Ferries spokesperson Deborah Marshall said passengers were provided with snacks and drinks while waiting.

A tug arrived after dark to safely nudge the vessel into a berth so travellers could finally disembark.

All the Queen of Alberni's remaining sailings Tuesday between Tsawwassen and Duke Point in Nanaimo were cancelled, along with the first sailing Wednesday from the mainland and the 7:45 a.m. PT departure from Duke Point.

The same ship was taken out of service for several days earlier this month due to a problem with one of its propellers but Marshall said the latest breakdown is unrelated to those repairs.

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