En­gine prob­lems plagu­ing ferry ser­vice

Cape Breton Post - - Sports -

ENGLISH­TOWN — En­gine prob­lems have knocked the ferry at English­town out of ser­vice un­til at least Satur­day.

The Torquil MacLean, which op­er­ates be­tween English­town and Jer­sey Cove, was taken out of ser­vice at around 2 p.m. Thurs­day.

“Some­how there is oil get­ting into the fuel,” said Bill Yarn, the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion's man­ager of marine op­er­a­tions. “It could be a num­ber of things, a seal or in­jec­tor. We can’t run it like that, it would just burn the en­gine.”

Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion me­chan­ics from Miller Lake and me­chan­ics with Cater­pil­lar are work­ing to solve the prob­lem.

Last week the ferry was taken out of ser­vice for a few hours be­cause of air in the fuel line.

“I feel badly for the peo­ple down there. As an­noy­ing as it is for us, it is def­i­nitely a lot more an­noy­ing for the peo­ple who de­pend on the ferry ev­ery day,” Yarn said. “This time of year it prob­a­bly puts an­other half hour on their trip.”

For up-to-date in­for­ma­tion about the ferry, trav­ellers can con­tact the 511 sys­tem or check the flash­ing lights at Bar­ra­chois, South Haven and English­town that no­tify mo­torists when the ferry isn't in op­er­a­tion.

When the ferry is out of ser­vice, mo­torists must use an al­ter­nate route around St. Anns har­bour.

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