Old Fogo Island ferry back in service while MV Veteran out for repairs

The Captain Earl W. Winsor, the ferry that served Fogo Island and Change Islands for 17 years, is back on the run.
The Earl W. Winsor served Fogo Island and Change Islands for 17 years before being taken off the run, when the new MV Veteran arrived from Romania. (Submitted by Chantelle Vivian)

The ferry that served Fogo Island and Change Islands for 17 years was put back on the run Wednesday.

The Captain Earl W. Winsor is temporarily replacing the MV Veteran, while the brand new ship is in St. John's for repairs.

The MV Veteran ran into trouble with its starboard propulsion unit Monday and had to be tied up.

The Department of Transportation and Works put an air transportation service in place until this alternate plan could be arranged.

While the department is not sure know how long it will take to complete repairs on the MV Veteran, government hopes to get the ferry back in service as soon as possible.

The MV Veteran will remain in St. John's until repairs to are complete. (Chris Ensing/CBC)

Series of setbacks

This is the fourth time there have been issues with the MV Veteran since it arrived on the northeast coast in December.

The $50-million vessel first ran into trouble on its maiden voyage from the Damen Shipyard in Romania to St. John's, after its engine failed.

Then, in late December, the ferry was knocked out of commission for a day because of an issue with its thruster.

Two weeks ago, helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft service was brought in after a fire knocked the vessel out of service yet again.

The Captain Earl W. Winsor will operate on the regular winter schedule while it's in service.