It will likely be sometime on the weekend before ferry service between Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island is fully restored.
Problems with the rudder on MV Confederation forced it to tie up on Monday, leaving only the Holiday Island to service the route between Wood Islands and Caribou, cutting the number of runs in half.
This is the fourth time this season mechanical problems have disrupted the ferry service.
- An electrical malfunction on MV Confederation forced the cancellation of most scheduled crossings May 23.
- An electrical problem on MV Holiday Island shut down that boat on Friday, July 18.
- Engine trouble tied up the MV Holiday Island again the weekend of Aug. 2.
"We hope that the events of this summer are not what we'll be judged by. Hopefully people will look at our 40-year history," said Don Cormier, vice president of operations and safety management at Northumberland Ferries.
|From Wood Islands||From Caribou|
|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.|
"We will certainly contemplate if there is a necessity to do anything in terms of restoring, if you will, consumer confidence. We will continue to, with our quality employees, properly maintain our assets and do everything we can to ensure that we have first of all safe, and reliable service."
Cormier said Northumberland Ferries has an excellent reputation, but he is concerned about the impact of this difficult summer.
Materials needed for the repairs to MV Confederation had to be ordered from Germany and will take three to four days to arrive.
Cormier noted none of the problems with the ferries were caused by inappropriate maintenance.
The Holiday Island is currently making five return trips per day.