B.C. Ferries vessel Coastal Inspiration is tied up at the cruise ship pier in downtown Nanaimo while divers replace a component in its propulsion system. Work should be completed on Wednesday, Nov. 29. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

Dive crew working on ferry at Nanaimo’s cruise ship terminal

B.C. Ferries vessel Coastal Inspiration is taking a break from its regular duties for repair work

The B.C. Ferries vessel Coastal Inspiration is spending a few days at Nanaimo’s cruise ship pier.

According to Deborah Marshall, B.C. Ferries spokeswoman, the ship is tied up near downtown Nanaimo to change out a flange ring in a seal system on one of the craft’s propulsion shafts – work that needs to be done underwater by professional divers.

“If we conducted this work at one of our operational terminals, the divers would have to come out of the water (for safety reasons) every time another ferry came in and out of dock, so the work would take much longer,” Marshall said in an e-mail.

Marshall said the work is expected to be completed Wednesday, Nov. 29.


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