Engine problems plaguing ferry service
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.