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Grand Manan ferry sidelined until next week - Mar. 07, 2014


Barb Rayner
Grand Manan
The Grand Manan Adventure should be back in operation early next week but, in the interim, the Grand Manan V is providing ferry service between the island and the mainland.
The Grand Manan Adventure developed problems on its first run from the island at 7:30 a.m. Monday morning when the turbocharger system overheated causing it to malfunction, and forcing it to moor at Blacks Harbour.
Coastal Transport president Murray Ryder had anticipated it would take until Wednesday to get the Grand Manan V up and running since it had been laid up for the winter but he said employees worked feverously and were able to have it ready for the 5:30 p.m. run Tuesday evening.
“They worked long, long hours. They know what the loss of the ferry means to people. These people have to live it,” he said Thursday.
The part needed to repair the Grand Manan Adventure is on its way, said Ryder, and was expected to arrive in Calais Thursday or Friday. Also due to arrive in the region was a technician to assist with its installation.
“Most of the parts are out and that is a massive job. It takes a lot of work – nine to 10 hours. They had to take the (bow) thruster out. That’s a 3,500-lb piece.
“It’s pretty much out of the engine room now and we hope to have the long weekend to work on it. If the forces are with us, we hope the Grand Manan Adventure will be up and going by Monday.”
In the meantime, said Ryder, the Grand Manan V is coping well and there has been no problem dealing with the traffic.
The 82-car $68 million Grand Manan Adventure, which is owned by the province, was built by Eastern Shipbuilding in Panama City, Florida. It has experienced a number of mechanical problems since it was officially launched in August of 2011 with the first occurring just four days later when two bow thrusters failed.
The last time there was a problem with a bow thruster was last July and, at that time, both vessels were operating for the summer months.

barb@stcroixcourier.ca