Nova Scotia

Ferry breakdown disrupts Marine Atlantic schedule

Travel plans for 8,000 people moving between Nova Scotia and Newfoundland have been altered, in the wake of a generator problem on a Marine Atlantic ferry.

Travellers can expect delays

Travel plans for 8,000 people moving between Nova Scotia and southern Newfoundland have been altered, in the wake of a generator problem on a Marine Atlantic ferry.

Marine Atlantic had to pull the MV Highlanders out of service Wednesday night, and is not expecting it to return to service until late next week.

To accommodate displaced passengers, Marine Atlantic is replacing its regular schedule with a new program that will include extra crossings through to midnight on Sunday.

The disruption comes during one of the busiest weeks for the Crown corporation, which runs ferries between North Sydney in Nova Scotia and the ports of Port aux Basques and Argentia.

"It's certainly not good timing. It's one of our busier weekends," Marine Atlantic communications director Darrell Mercer told CBC News Friday.

"It's coming to the crunch at the end of the summer, and a lot of people are returning through Port aux Basques and North Sydney."

Mercer said all 8,000 passengers who were booked for one of the crossings over the weekend have been contacted and rebooked for alternate trips.

Where possible, he said, customers have been rebooked, "to an alternate sailing as close as possible to their original sailing time."

Meanwhile, Marine Atlantic is keeping an eye on weather advisories, particularly one that may include high winds in western Newfoundland.

Passengers are asked to stay in contact with the company for updates.

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