Mechanical issues with a propeller means the Queen of Burnaby will need repairs and will be pulled off the Powell River – Comox run for the third time in a year.
This prompted Mayor Dave Formosa to state:
“My message to BC Ferries is to start respecting the Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Island, and cities and towns and communities that they service. This is our highway, BC Ferries doesn’t seem to want to accept that.”
Formosa said BC Ferries needs to start listening to people who live along the coast.
“They can’t keep putting this on the backs of the people. They can’t. It’s going to stop, at some point. The people just will demand it. How that happens, I don’t know. But it has to come to an end, somehow. They just can’t afford this.”
The Queen of Burnaby should be back in service by the end of the month and a new ferry for the route is being built. That vessel should be in service next year, but Formosa says it holds fewer vehicles than the Queen of Burnaby.
Pic Cred: BC Ferries. Info Cred: Amelia John, Powell River (News 1130) Posted Jan. 4, 2016.