Holiday Island ferry on reduced schedule into Saturday

The Holiday Island ferry will remain out of service between Nova Scotia and P.E.I. Saturday, leading to reduced service on the run.

Second time in a month ferry schedule disrupted

Passengers continue to wait after the MV Holiday Island was pulled off the route due to mechanical problems. (Maggie Brown/CBC)
From Wood IslandsFrom Caribou
Revised ferry schedule
6:30 a.m.8 a.m.
9:30 a.m.11:15 a.m.
1 p.m.2:45 p.m.
4:30 p.m.6:15 p.m.
8 p.m.9:30 p.m.

The Holiday Island ferry will remain out of service between Nova Scotia and P.E.I. Saturday, leading to reduced service and waiting passengers

There will be five crossings from Wood Islands and five return sailings from Caribou on the remaining ferry, the MV Confederation

Northumberland Ferries told CBC the MV Holiday Island was pulled off the route due to mechanical problems.

Company vice-president Don Cormier says the issue is with the fluid coupling, which he explains is similar to a clutch. The part was overhauled when the engine of the Holiday Island was replaced over the winter.

This truck driver says the ferry delays will cost him money. (Maggie Brown CBC)

They are waiting for a service specialist to meet the vessel where it is tied up in Nova Scotia.

Cormier says in the meantime, they are contacting customers with reservations to update them on the situation and ask passengers to go to their website for more information.

This is the second time in the last month the service has been disrupted by mechanical troubles with the Holiday Island. Reduced service on July 18 left long lines of vehicles waiting for a ride across the Northumberland Strait, traffic was backing up at Wood Islands again Friday.

For mobile device users:Does this second bout of mechanical trouble at Northumberland Ferries have you worried about the reliability of the service?

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