Work is underway on the cables upgrade project along the Baynes Sound Connector from Denman Island West to Buckley Bay.

BC Ferries says the 10-day retrofit involves upgrading the bull wheel drive system and sheaves, which connect the vessel to the three cables. 

The work started today and continues until April 21st.

Additional preventative maintenance work will also be happening on several drive and hydraulic systems.

BC Ferries has replaced the three plastic-coated cables with new flattened strand cables on the connector. 

The flattened strand cables are made of steel, do not have a plastic coating, and maintain the same safety standards as previous cables. 

The upgraded drive system and sheaves are designed to suit the new cables, were constructed in B.C., and are being installed by BC Ferries.

The MV Quinitsa will be providing service during the refit period and there will be no effect on the sailing schedule. 

There will be several minor adjustments to the vehicle exit and holding lanes at the Denman West terminal for the duration of the refit period.