Ice is creating problems for the Englishtown ferry after a large piece drifted into St. Anns Harbour, Cape Breton, on Monday and pushed the vessel sideways as it was being taken out of service.

The cable that connects the ferry to the shore was snapped in the process.

Geoff MacLellan, the provincial Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, said officials are trying to secure the boat.

"The vessel is spun in the wrong direction and it was starting to come ashore, so what we had to do was clamp down the cable on the bullwheel to make sure the cable didn't come unravelled," he told CBC News on Monday.

MacLellan said as far as officials can tell, the vessel hasn't suffered major damage.

"We could confirm that the cable is still intact and in place," he said.

"Now it's just a factor of Mother Nature and when the tide is high enough to move the ice, then we're going to slowly pull the vessel back up onto the slip."

High tide will be at around 10 p.m. in Englishtown.

MacLellan said officials also hope the tide will help push some ice out of the channel.

It's not clear when the ferry will be back in service.