New Brunswick

Grand Manan Adventure ferry off its run due to engine problem

The beleaguered Grand Manan Adventure ferry is off its run, due to engine problems, with no word on when service will resume.

Unclear when service will resume

The beleaguered Grand Manan Adventure ferry is off its run, due to engine problems, with no word on when service will resume.

The $68-million Grand Manan Adventure, which is owned by the New Brunswick government, is out of service due to engine problems.
There will be no Thursday trip at 7:30 a.m. from North Head, or 9:30 a.m. trip from Black's Harbour, the Village of Grand Manan announced on Wednesday, shortly after 6 p.m., after the ferry had been down all day.

"When time of service resumption is known, will advise," the advisory stated.

Coastal Transport Limited crews are working on repairing the vessel, Rob MacPherson, the village's chief administrative officer said.

They are also prepping the Grand Manan V ferry for possible service, he had said.

The older, smaller Grand Manan V is normally used only during the summer months.

The $68-million Adventure, which is owned by the New Brunswick government and operated by Coastal Transport Ltd., has been plagued by problems since it launched about three-and-a-half years ago.

"It's machinery, it breaks," said MacPherson.

Engine wouldn't start

The latest issue started Tuesday night when crews couldn't get one of the engines running, said MacPherson.

They ended up sailing it to the mainland on one engine Wednesday morning, in hopes of getting more help, he said. No passengers were on board at the time. 

Just four days after its maiden voyage in August 2011, the Adventure's two bow thrusters failed.

The vessel broke down again in 2012 and was out of service for nine days.

The turbocharger broke in July 2013, leading to eight cancelled crossings.

Last March, the ferry was also out of commission after the engine overheated.

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