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Posted: January 18, 2022

Potential disruptions to inland ferry service

People who rely on the B.C. inland ferry service are advised of the possibility of service disruptions over the coming weeks.

The impact of the Omicron variant and other seasonal illnesses are affecting the availability of crew members. This staffing challenge for inland ferry operators is the same faced by other transportation agencies throughout the province.

There are 14 inland ferry routes in British Columbia, including the Highway 3A (Kootenay Bay to Balfour) route north of Creston.

All of B.C.’s inland ferries are certified by Transport Canada, requiring a certain number of crew members to sail. Should the contractor be unable to meet minimum crew levels, the vessel cannot sail.

Notifications of service disruptions will be posted to:

Lead image: A BC Ferries worker readies as the Osprey 2000 arrives at Kootenay Bay. e-KNOW file photo


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