Little River-Powell River run getting its ferry back

The Queen of Burnaby will return to service on its regular schedule on the Comox–Powell River route Dec. 16 following a major refit.

The Queen of Burnaby will return to service on its regular schedule on the Comox–Powell River route Dec. 16 following a major refit, Bc ferries announced Thursday.

This extensive maintenance project included the overhaul of generators, port main engine, bow thruster and propulsion system; modernization of the elevator system; steel renewal on the main cardeck; installation of a new sewage treatment holding tank; abatement of asbestos containing material; new flooring in washrooms; and regulatory surveys.

During the extended refit period, the Queen of Chilliwack provided service between Comox and Powell River on a modified schedule.  With the return of the Queen of Burnaby, the schedule will revert to the regular time table, which is detailed at www.bcferries.com.

“We want to thank our Powell River customers for their patience for the past three months while a smaller vessel provided service on their route,” said Mike Corrigan, BC Ferries executive vice-president and chief operating officer. “We are pleased to make this major investment to the Queen of Burnaby to ensure its safety and reliability for years to come.”

The Queen of Chilliwack will undergo Phase Two of its life-extension project starting in January.

— BC Ferries