Crossings were canceled until 5:30 pm on Tuesday, March 26, between Horseshoe Bay (West Vancouver, BC) and Langdale (Sunshine Coast, BC) after the ferryboat serving the route (Queen of Surrey) ran into a dock.
The ship, operated by BC Ferries, was stuck at Langdale Terminal after running into the dock at around 8:10 am.
According to BC Ferries spokeswoman Deborah Marshall, there were 285 passengers on board and there were no injuries reported. At around 5:30 p.m. the company got permission from Transport Canada to allow a tug to free the ferry so that passengers and cars could disembark. At 6:15 p.m., passengers and vehicles began leaving the ship.
There were delays on Horseshoe Bay to Langdale route throughout the day. Water taxis have been transporting passengers between the two points.
BC Ferries announced that several ships would be redeployed so that regular service between Sunshine Coast and Langdale would resume Wednesday morning. BC Ferries also reported there were no spills as a result of the accident.
According to Transportation Minister Claire Trevena, the cause of the accident was under investigation.