Tech­ni­cal is­sue with ferry causes sched­ule changes

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

The MV Con­fed­er­a­tion is ex­pected to be back in ser­vice today af­ter a me­chan­i­cal is­sue with the propul­sion con­trols forced Northum­ber­land Fer­ries Lim­ited to pull it from the run be­tween Wood Is­lands, P.E.I., and Cari­bou, N.S., on Mon­day.

Parts to repair the ship were ex­pected to ar­rive and be in­stalled Mon­day evening. That will al­low the ship, which is the flag­ship ves­sel of the ferry ser­vice, to be re­turned to the reg­u­lar sched­ule. As of Mon­day evening, the web­site was not in­di­cat­ing any dis­rup­tion to today’s planned sched­ule of cross­ings; how­ever, those trav­el­ling are en­cour­aged to mon­i­tor www.fer­ for up­dates or call ahead to 1-877-762-7245.

The dis­rup­tion meant that Northum­ber­land Fer­ries Ltd. had to mod­ify its cross­ing sched­ule to five de­par­tures from each port us­ing the MV Hol­i­day Is­land.

It also meant a back­log of traf­fic, es­pe­cially be­cause it was the day af­ter the Cavendish Beach Mu­sic Fes­ti­val. The 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. sail­ings Mon­day from Wood Is­lands were full.

“We will only be able to ac­com­mo­date cus­tomers hold­ing con­firmed reser­va­tions for those sail­ings,” said vi­cepres­i­dent and gen­eral man­ager Don­ald Cormier at the time.

Lim­ited ca­pac­ity was avail­able on other sail­ings of the MV Hol­i­day Is­land. Northum­ber­land Fer­ries will ad­vise the trav­el­ling public when the ser­vice re­sumes as nor­mal.

This is the sec­ond time in two sea­sons that Northum­ber­land Fer­ries has found it­self with only one ves­sel op­er­at­ing dur­ing the busiest time of the year. The MV Hol­i­day Is­land was out of ser­vice for much of 2016, in­clud­ing the sum­mer months, be­fore it re­turned at the end of Septem­ber.

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