New Brunswick

Grand Manan Adventure ferry remains out of service for repairs

The Grand Manan Adventure ferry remained off its run again on Monday and it's unclear when it will return to service.

Nature of latest problem with $68M-vessel, which started last week, has not been released

The Grand Manan Adventure ferry remained off its run again on Monday and it's unclear when it will return to service.

The Grand Manan Adventure ferry has been plagued by problems since it was launched about four years ago.
The beleaguered ferry is still undergoing repairs, according to the Coastal Transport Limited website.

The older, smaller Grand Manan V was expected to make the scheduled crossings between the island's North Head and the mainland's Blacks Harbour instead, on Monday and Tuesday.

Weekend runs were also cancelled.

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

The nature of the latest issue has not been released.

The provincial government is "aware that the Grand Manan Adventure is temporarily out of service and is working with the service provider," the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure said in a statement issued late Monday afternoon.

"The department advises residents and visitors to visit Coastal Transport's website for updates."

In August 2011, just four days after the Adventure's maiden voyage, 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.

In March 2014, the ferry was also out of commission after the engine overheated.

This past March, engine problems forced the ferry off its run once again.

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