Technical issue cancels N.S.-P.E.I. ferry service shortly after resumption

A woman checks her smartphone while aboard the MV Confederation ferry as it crosses the Northumberland Straight between Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia on August 26, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Mark Spowart

The ferry service between Nova Scotia and P.E.I. has been cancelled for the next few days, shortly after service resumed again following a mechanical issue last month.

Northumberland Ferries cancelled trips between Wood Islands, P.E.I., and Caribou, N.S., in mid-June due to an issue with the service’s sole vessel, the MV Confederation.

On Saturday, the ferry operator announced service was resuming after the vessel was cleared for safe return to service after a replacement part was installed.

But on Sunday, Northumberland Ferries cancelled trips that afternoon and evening, and all trips scheduled for Monday were also cancelled due to a technical issue.

“Yesterday MV Confederation experienced a further mechanical issue that resulted in a service disruption, which is continuing through today,” Mark Wilson, senior vice-president of Northumberland Ferries, said in a release Monday afternoon.

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“An attempt to resolve the issue was not successful, however, the required parts are enroute and repairs will be completed as quickly as possible once the parts are onsite.”

Wilson said service remains suspended until repairs have been completed, “which we expect to be no later than Saturday, July 8.”

He said Northumberland Ferries is not accepting bookings for travel before that date.

“We fully understand how much disruption this causes to our customers, and we are very sorry for this inconvenience,” he said. “We are making every effort to safely resume service as soon as possible.”

The service’s other vessel, the MV Holiday Island, was removed permanently last July after a fire in its engine room forced about 230 passengers off the ship near the Wood Islands terminal.

The release said another ferry, the MV Saaremaa 1, is expected to enter service in mid-July for peak season.

— with files from The Canadian Press

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