Grand Manan Adventure back to full service after breakdown
Broken turbocharger led to 8 cancelled crossings, wait times reached 8 hours
The Grand Manan Adventure ferry is back in service after a broken turbocharger put it out of commission for several days, leading to major delays in Blacks Harbour.
Customers experienced wait times upwards of eight hours for three straight days, before the ferry returned to full service on Thursday.
The $68-million ship has had problems since shortly after it was launched, when it broke down just days after its maiden voyage to the island in 2011.
Over the past year, Coastal Transport dealt with 12 unscheduled repairs, delays or breakdowns and eight cancelled crossings since Monday.
Many passengers took the most recent ferry delays in stride, saying they are just a part of island life.
"I always say to people, 'It's a small price on paradise,'" said Claus Wolter, a Grand Manan resident.
"It's a nice place to live, I moved there about seven years ago, and I don't know I'd want to live anywhere else."
Marion Ingersoll, another island resident from Seal Cove, said she tries to be understanding when confronted with a long wait.
"Well they just say, 'It's a new ferry, it shouldn't be like that.' But hey, everything breaks down," she said.
Transportation Minister Claude Williams shares Ingersoll's sentiments.
"Mechanical issues are not significant when compared to the number of crossings made by the vessel each and every day of the year," Williams said in a statement.
"The vessel is in steady operation for 16 hours per day."
The department's contract with the operator, Coastal Transport, is performance-based and includes provisions to cover breakdowns and repairs, he said.
The province signed a new 15-year operating agreement with Coastal Transport in 2012.