July 6, 2005

Sea trials for BC ferry that grounded

BC Ferries announced yesterday that the ferry Queen of Oak Bay, which grounded June 30, is scheduled to leave Vancouver Dry Dock early today, Wednesday, July 6 and undergo extensive sea trials.

BC Ferries says repairs to the vessel are now complete. Representatives from Transport Canada, Transportation Safety Board, Lloyd's Register of Shipping as well as BC Ferries' engineers will put the Queen of Oak Bay through rigorous technical sea trials.

Shipyard representatives and equipment manufacturers will also be on board. The investigators will simulate the suspected cause of the power failure in order to replicate the cause of the incident.

The duration of the sea trials is dependent on the vessel meeting the approval of the investigators.

Once Transport Canada is satisfied that the vessel has passed all inspections, BC Ferries will continue with quality assurance trials. After the sea trials are concluded, BC Ferries will release its findings into what caused the June 30 Queen of Oak Bay grounding.

The Queen of Oak Bay will return to service on the Horseshoe Bay--Departure Bay route only after Transport Canada and BC Ferries are satisfied with the results of the sea trials and Transport Canada has issued the vessel's operating certificate.


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