Baynes Sound Connector ferry avoids crossing paths with drifting oyster rafts

A visual estimate at the time suggests it was more than a kilometer away from the vessel.

The Baynes Sound Connector. File photo

Thanks to the watchful eyes of a Denman Island resident, the Baynes Sound Connector ferry was able to avoid running into a line of industrial oyster rafts drifting in Baynes Sound.

Liz Johnston contacted a variety of agencies once she spotted the debris Monday morning including BC Ferries and the Canadian Coast Guard.

“BC Ferries should keep an eye on the situation as a possible hazard to navigation,” she noted.

Astrid Braunschmidt, manager of corporate communication for BC Ferries said confirmed the lead operator of the Baynes Sound Connector was notified that some aquaculture apparatus appeared to be floating not far from the cable ferry.

RELATED: Prawn trap catches ferry; Denman Island cable ferry out of service

“A visual estimate at the time suggests it was more than a kilometer away from the vessel.”

She added terminal maintenance was notified and BC Ferries contacted Transport Canada to let them know. A short time later, some boats arrived to push the apparatus back into place.

“Our crews are always on the look out for debris and obstacles in the water. Our teams are trained to safely remove them, if possible. If necessary, crews can request assistance from other authorities including Transport Canada or the Coast Guard.”

The BSC connects travellers between Buckley Bay on Vancouver Island and Denman Island.

The $15-million, 78.5 metre cable ferry began service in late January 2016. It is capable of carrying 50 vehicles and 150 passengers, and with a crossing of about 1,900 metres, it is believed to be the longest cable ferry in the world.



photos@comoxvalleyrecord.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Three active COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island

Since July 24, Central island has had five new cases, North one, South none

Art vendors shine at Willow Point Summer Market

Two-day market was hosted by Crow’s Nest Artist Collective

Five Vancouver Island First Nations call out Canada for ‘discriminatory’ food fish practices

West Coast nations say government ignoring court-won right to chinook and coho

Family of Campbell River Instant Pot expert starts endowment in her honour

Ruth ‘Rootitoot’ McCusker Wilkowski Memorial Bursary Endowment Fund to benefit NIC culinary students

Lawsuit launched after Florida child handcuffed, booked and briefly jailed

Suit alleges “deliberate indifference” to what should have been handled as a behavioural issue

Russia approves vaccine, Putin hopes to begin mass production

Critic calls decision to proceed without thorough testing ‘dangerous and grossly immoral’

Man, 54, charged in connection with fatal attack of Red Deer doctor

Doctor was killed in his walk-in clinic on Monday

Doctor slain in Alberta medical clinic was devoted father, husband

Red Deer doctors on edge after attack on colleague who had two young daughters

Alf Todd on a mission to fight Parkinson’s disease

Todd and group hope to raise $10,000 riding bikes to Port Alberni

Royal B.C. Museum wants B.C.’s COVID-19 nature observations

COVID-19 Collecting For Our Time: ongoing project cataloguing province’s pandemic experience

Feds offer ‘life preserver’ funds to BC Ferries as pandemic sinks revenue

For every dollar the province spends the federal government will match

Most Read