New Brunswick

Grand Manan Adventure ferry may resume service by May

The Grand Manan Adventure ferry could be back in operation by the end of the month, says the village council.

Replacement turbocharger coming from Illinois, says village council

The Grand Manan Adventure ferry could be back in operation by the end of the month, says the Grand Manan village council.

A replacement turbocharger has been ordered and is expected to leave Illinois on April 21, according a statement.

Meanwhile, the Grand Manan V, a ferry normally used only during the summer months, is providing service between Grand Manan Island and the mainland.

The Adventure ferry broke down on April 4 — the latest in a series of problems to plague the $68 million ferry since it launched in 2011.

Village council met with Coastal Transport Ltd., officials on April 15 to discuss the latest mechanical issues.

The Grand Manan Adventure is owned by the New Brunswick government and operated by Coastal Transport Ltd.

Just four days after its maiden voyage in August 2011, the vessel's two bow thrusters failed. It broke down again in 2012 and was out of service for nine days.

The turbocharger broke in July, leading to eight cancelled crossings. Last month the ferry was also out of commission after the engine overheated.