An unidentified worker examines damage done to the MV Atlantic Vision after a wind gust caused it to strike the dock in Port aux Basques Tuesday. Photo by Brodie Thomas/Transcontinental Media
Marine Atlantic crews have worked through the night and completed repairs to the MV Atlantic Vision following an incident Tuesday that suspended the vessel from service, the corporation announced today.
The vessel will return to full service this afternoon.
The vessel will depart from Port aux Basques and make a fast crossing to North Sydney.
"We were able to affect repairs due to having the right material and skills sets available on site in Port aux Basques," says Wayne Follett, President and CEO. "These repairs have been inspected and approved by the ship's classification society in consultation with Transport Canada. Based upon the quality of the repair, each of these agencies will provide clearance to return to full service."
With the MV Atlantic Vision returning to operation, the ferry service will return to regular schedule by tonight.
"Our sincere apologies to all of our customers whose travel plans have been impacted by this incident. While this is a difficult time for a delay in our ferry service we were very fortunate that we did not have any backlog in traffic at the time of the incident. By midnight tonight we will have transported all reserved customers and the MV Leif Ericson will remain in service for at least the next 24 hours to clear any backlog in drop trailer traffic," added Follett.
Customers planning to travel with Marine Atlantic are encouraged to check for updated arrivals and departures either by calling Reservations at 1-800-341-7981 or checking our website at www.marine-atlantic.ca