Opening day wrinkles to be expected: Bay Ferries
Head says delay due to last-minute inspection
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.
The Fundy Rose, which began its Digby - Saint John ferry service on Tuesday, is shown here.