The 130 meter long passenger ferry Queen of Nanaimo allided with a floating dock on Mayne Island, British Columbia, Canada. The float sustained some damage. While pulling away from the dock, the Queen of Nanaimo went aground. While it was maneuvering, the ferry was pushed by heavy winds causing the vessel aground. No injuries to the 22 crew and two passengers on board at the time.
Divers inspected a portion of the ferry’s hull and discovered the starboard propeller and shaft were damaged. A portion of the aft hull was also damaged. The Queen of Nanaimo was to be towed to Long Harbour on Salt Spring Island by several tugs. The Queen of Nanaimo will be drydocked to make the necessary of reports. BC Ferries announced scheduled sailings between Tsawwassen and Southern Gulf Islands are cancelled as another vessel is not available to replace the Queen of Nanaimo.
- Queen of Nanaimo ferry out of service after high winds damage the ship (metronews.ca)
- Divers to inspect Queen of Nanaimo for damage; sailings between Tsawwassen and the South Gulf islands cancelled (globalnews.ca)
- Queen of Nanaimo smashes into private dock at Village Bay on Mayne Island (timescolonist.com)
- Queen of Nanaimo ferry knocked off course in wild weather while sailing out of Mayne Island (theprovince.com)