After a series of setbacks, the BC Ferries’ North Island Princess is once again plying the waters between Saltery Bay and Earls Cove. If some good can be extracted from the last two days of lost service, BC Ferries is offering two days of free travel, Sunday and Monday, January 10th and 11th, and sources say they are installing a port-a-potty on the deck of the NIP.
Here’s a statement from BC Ferries late Saturday, January 09, 2016:
BCF understands the service interruptions this week have been trying for the community and our customers. In recognition of this, Mike Corrigan has decided that travel on route 7 on Sunday and Monday, January 10th and 11th, will be free of charge as a small token of BCF’s understanding of the inconveniences customers have experienced.
Our terminal and shipboard teams are now putting the appropriate procedures in place. It is hoped this will go some small way to helping our customers after the last two disruptions.
The North Island Princess was out of commission all day Thursday, January 7th and again on Saturday, January 10th causing a myriad of problems for customers and BC Ferries staff, alike. First one generator went causing 14 hour delays and then two days later another generator lost power. The NIP is now carrying a third generator on board, just in case.