Open­ing day wrin­kles to be ex­pected: Bay Fer­ries

Head says de­lay due to last-minute in­spec­tion

Cape Breton Post - - PROVINCE -

Bay Fer­ries says they should be run­ning the Digby - Saint John ferry ser­vice on time very soon.

The new-to-us ferry Fundy Rose was run­ning about an hour be­hind sched­ule af­ter a de­lay un­load­ing in Saint John Tues­day af­ter­noon.

“We are start­ing the new ferry dur­ing our peak sea­son and a few wrin­kles are to be ex­pected,” said Don Cormier, vice-pres­i­dent of oper­a­tions with the ferry op­er­a­tor. “I ex­pect they will be ironed out shortly and we will be de­liv­er­ing con­sis­tent and re­li­able ser­vice go­ing for­ward.”

Cormier says Tues­day’s de­lay was due to a last-minute in­spec­tion.

He says they had made some struc­tural changes to the ramp and apron and called in an engi- neer to make sure it was safe to un­load some heav­ier trucks over the apron.

The Fundy Rose was sched­uled to leave Saint John at 2:30 p.m. but didn’t even start un­load­ing ve­hi­cles un­til 3:10 p.m.

The ferry left Saint John at 4:10 p.m. and Cormier says they were run­ning about an hour be­hind sched­ule.

“The last-minute in­spec­tion is not some­thing we ex­pect to have to do again and if it weren’t for that, we would have been pretty much on sched­ule,” he said.

Bay Fer­ries re­tired the Princess of Aca­dia on July 27 and started us­ing the Fundy Rose Tues­day.

Bay Fer­ries is load­ing walk-on pas­sen­gers with a shut­tle bus which length­ens the load­ing time and staff are get­ting used to load­ing cars and trucks into the hold.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

The Fundy Rose, which be­gan its Digby - Saint John ferry ser­vice on Tues­day, is shown here.

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