Grand Manan ferry crossings resume without main vessel
MV Grand Manan Adventure broke down on Friday, leading to cancellations
Ferry crossings between Grand Manan Island and the New Brunswick mainland resumed Saturday evening, but the island’s main vessel remains out of commission.
The MV Grand Manan Adventure broke down on Friday, the latest in a series of problems to plague the $68 million ferry since it launched in 2011.
Crossings were cancelled Friday and much of Saturday until the MV Grand Manan V, a ferry used during the summer months, could be pushed into action.
That's the ferry Grand Manan residents will be boarding for the foreseeable future as there is no time line on repairing the Grand Manan Adventure.
Stephen Harris and his wife travelled to the mainland on Friday, but had no idea they would be stranded there for 24 hours — without their medication.
"We’ve left our medication at home, because we thought we'd get back,”" Harris said.
"Hers is at home and mine’s at home. And we just got over this cancer thing, she has to take medication and I don't know what's going to take place."
Coastal Transport Ltd., which operates the Grand Manan Adventure, says the problem is with the turbocharger.
The company is trying to find another turbocharger, but it’s not clear when the Grand Manan Adventure will be repaired.
The Grand Manan Adventure is owned by the New Brunswick government and has faced a series of setbacks since it launched.
The turbocharger broke in July, leading to eight cancelled crossings. Last month the ferry was also out of commission after the engine overheated.