The Earl W. Winsor is back on the Fogo Island and Change Islands ferry route, according to the Department of Transportation and Works.

The Beaumont Hamel, which had been replacing the Winsor on the run while it was undergoing a refit and required inspections, has returned to Bell Island. That will restore regular service there.

The Sound of Islay will come out of service for a refit mandated by Transport Canada.

The state of the province’s ferry system hit the headlines again a week ago, when the Beaumont Hamel was forced out of service for several days.

With the Winsor also out of the water, and no swing vessel left in the fleet, that meant Fogo Island and Change Islands had no available ship.

Residents were forced to rely on helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft to connect with the rest of Newfoundland.

A request for proposals to permanently replace the Winsor, and add a swing vessel, closed in early June.

The department says it received 15 responses from shipbuilders. The proposals are currently under review, and an announcement is expected this fall.