Bell Island residents who use the island's ferry service to get to work in St. John's will be facing further delays this week.
The Bell Island Users Committee just received a commitment from the provincial government Friday to restore an early 7:20 a.m. run, but that decision has since been deferred.
An electrical fire onboard the Nonia, which has been replacing the disabled Beaumont Hamel in recent weeks, means the service is now down to only one ferry.
Ed Kent, consultant and spokesman for the committee, said the Nonia left Bell Island around 11:10 p.m. Thursday to dock for the night in Portugal Cove, but while at sea an electrical fire broke out onboard the ferry. The Nonia lost power and was disabled.
The Flanders was dispatched to sea on an emergency basis to transfer the crew from the Nonia, which is now disabled and docked at Bell Island.
Kent said efforts are being made to speed up repairs to the Beaumont Hamel and return it to the Bell Island service by mid-week.
In the meantime, the Flanders will be sailing solo on a load and go schedule.
See Monday's Telegram for full story.