Crash disrupts ferry service

The M.V. Queen of Cowichan suffered a hard landing at the Nanaimo terminal Friday afternoon.

Ferry service between Departure Bay and Horseshoe Bay has been disrupted after the M.V. Queen of Cowichan suffered a hard landing at the Nanaimo terminal Friday afternoon.

The vessel rammed the berthing structure at 2:10 p.m., damaging its rubbing strake and the wing wall on the dock.

Deborah Marshall, B.C. Ferries spokeswoman, said there were no injuries reported to crew or passengers, or damage to vehicles on the car deck.

“The vessel was taken out of service, cancelling her 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. runs out of Nanaimo and the 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. out of Horseshoe Bay,” she said. “We are bringing the Coastal Celebration up from Swartz Bay and will be back to normal service Saturday morning.”

The cause of the crash is under investigation.