An underwater inspection of the Queen of Nanaimo has determined the ferry was damaged after high winds pushed it off course near Mayne Island Saturday, and it will be out of service for at least a week.
The vessel sustained damage to the starboard aft side. Divers confirmed damage to the starboard side propeller and shafting, as well as a limited portion of the aft hull.
The ferry will require drydocking for repairs to be carried out.
BC Ferries says because of fleet refits currently underway, another vessel is not available to replace the Queen of Nanaimo.
None of the 22 crew members or two passengers on board have been hurt, but a private dock was damaged.
BC Ferries says the crew followed emergency procedures, dropping both anchors to bring it to a stop.
Tugs were brought in to pull the ferry to Long Harbour on Salt Spring Island.
BC Ferries continues to investigate the root cause of the incident.
All Queen of Nanaimo sailings between Tsawwassen and the Southern Gulf Islands for today have been cancelled.
Travelers will still be able to reach the islands through Swartz Bay.
Check www.bcferries.com for updates.