Robert Bond ferry likely docked for a week: Nick McGrath
Newfoundland and Labrador's transportation minister says people planning to take a trip on the Sir Robert Bond ferry won't be going anywhere for some time.
Nick McGrath said the ferry, which makes the trip between Blanc Sablon, Que. and Newfoundland, will likely be docked for the next week due to severe ice conditions.
McGrath said the information came during a recent briefing with the Canadian Coast Guard.
"The advice that we've been given is that the ice is actually getting worse, and it's gonna continue with the weather stream that's coming through now, it's gonna continue to get worse over the next week," he said.
"So they advise us that once you get into Blanc Sablon, it's probably going to be at least a week before she moves again."
According to McGrath, the availability of icebreakers to help get the ferry through its run is also an issue, given the unusually harsh conditions on the water this year.
McGrath said safety is the main priority. He would rather see the ferry docked than risk it being stuck at sea.