Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Marine Atlantic Says Ferry That Ran Aground Will Be out of Service for Weeks

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Marine Atlantic Says Ferry That Ran Aground Will Be out of Service for Weeks

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Newfoundland ferry out of service for weeks

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PORT AUX BASQUES, N.L. - Marine Atlantic says a ferry that ran aground early Wednesday while leaving Port aux Basques, N.L., will be out of commission until approximately late August.

Spokesman Darrell Mercer says inspections by divers indicate damage to part of the vessel's bow that's used for operating efficiency.

Marine Atlantic plans to sail the MV Blue Puttees to Halifax for dry dock repairs once it has been released by authorities.

The company says an ongoing investigation has found no mechanical problems with the vessel.

The ferry struck a wharf Wednesday morning in thick fog while leaving Port aux Basques in southwestern Newfoundland for Cape Breton.

Mercer says a revised schedule is being drafted that affects passengers at both Port aux Basques, N.L., and Argentia, N.L., and booked passengers will be notified about sailing time changes.

"The removal of the vessel from service will have an impact on Marine Atlantic's sailing schedule for the coming weeks," Mercer said in a statement. …

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