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  • Steve
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    May we all hope and pray that someone has done their homework and we don't get a repeat of Marine Atlantic's last -experiment- with the Stena Group of Companies we can all remember the Stena Nordica & Atlantica nightmare.

  • John Smith
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    If they are planning on the two sister ship of the Vision, we had better get ready for lots of fires, crashing, and downtime.

  • flexxa
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    how much money over the decades and those to come for something that is continually plagued by fleet problems, fuel prices, weather and poor service. Fixed link folks - time to move into the 20th century and be done with this mess - bring the power line with it!

  • Tom
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    According to Marine Atlantic's website; the Caribou and Smallwood, both have a passenger capacity of 1200 each. Whereas these new vessels have a passenger capacity of 1000 each. Therefore, for every 5 trips that the Caribou or Smallwood make, it will take 6 trips for one of these new ferries to transport the same number of people. I hope they don't increase the fares to make up for the lost revenue from the sailings of the new vessels.

  • Know
    July 02, 2010 - 13:29

    Are these rent to own, not enuff detail

  • logan
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    lets hope you can get day seating...I have to book a cabin on that Atlantic Vision for a day crossing, no seats available, makes no sense to have vessels like these... So booked on the old ones going and coming, lets hope the baling wire holds out...Makes travel home soo risky and not cheap either..I have a feeling the Stena group will be the happy ones

  • Bill
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    Well I hope these boats are a better choice than the Vision. They are operating that boat in one of the windiest areas in North America but if anyone within 10 kms starts breathing hard they can't manage to bring that boat into the pier.

  • Vickie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    I'm no math whiz but I fail to see how buying newer ships makes the old ones any less old.
    Once they join Marine Atlantics fleet, the average vessel age will be reduced from 21 years to eight years
    What a load of bull....except if it's floating in water near Marine Atlantic....then it weighs a lot less

  • Steve
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    Your right vickie your not a math wiz, and apparently not a reading wiz either haha they said it drops the average age. So its easy to see that if the average is 21, so maybe a couple 20 odd year old ships and a 10 or 15 year old one, add a 3 and 4 year old one and the average drops to about 8 or 10 easily. A math wiz is what you are not. lol

  • Joanne
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    I have mixed emotions to read Marine Atlantic's news.
    On one hand I was pleased to hear the news regarding the chartering of two new vessels for the Sydney/Port aux Basques run as I can only hope that the service will improve. (It cannot get too much worse.) Let's hope that there is no price increase on this vital link to the rest of Canada. I will not go into my rant about why I think the service, for resident Newfoundlanders, should be discounted as it is OUR Trans Canada Highway.
    However, I was disappointed that these vessels will be chartered and not constructed/refitted in a local shipyard such as Marystown.

  • Steve
    July 01, 2010 - 20:25

    May we all hope and pray that someone has done their homework and we don't get a repeat of Marine Atlantic's last -experiment- with the Stena Group of Companies we can all remember the Stena Nordica & Atlantica nightmare.

  • John Smith
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    If they are planning on the two sister ship of the Vision, we had better get ready for lots of fires, crashing, and downtime.

  • flexxa
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    how much money over the decades and those to come for something that is continually plagued by fleet problems, fuel prices, weather and poor service. Fixed link folks - time to move into the 20th century and be done with this mess - bring the power line with it!

  • Tom
    July 01, 2010 - 20:19

    According to Marine Atlantic's website; the Caribou and Smallwood, both have a passenger capacity of 1200 each. Whereas these new vessels have a passenger capacity of 1000 each. Therefore, for every 5 trips that the Caribou or Smallwood make, it will take 6 trips for one of these new ferries to transport the same number of people. I hope they don't increase the fares to make up for the lost revenue from the sailings of the new vessels.

  • Know
    July 01, 2010 - 20:17

    Are these rent to own, not enuff detail

  • logan
    July 01, 2010 - 20:08

    lets hope you can get day seating...I have to book a cabin on that Atlantic Vision for a day crossing, no seats available, makes no sense to have vessels like these... So booked on the old ones going and coming, lets hope the baling wire holds out...Makes travel home soo risky and not cheap either..I have a feeling the Stena group will be the happy ones

  • Bill
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    Well I hope these boats are a better choice than the Vision. They are operating that boat in one of the windiest areas in North America but if anyone within 10 kms starts breathing hard they can't manage to bring that boat into the pier.

  • Vickie
    July 01, 2010 - 19:52

    I'm no math whiz but I fail to see how buying newer ships makes the old ones any less old.
    Once they join Marine Atlantics fleet, the average vessel age will be reduced from 21 years to eight years
    What a load of bull....except if it's floating in water near Marine Atlantic....then it weighs a lot less

  • Steve
    July 01, 2010 - 19:49

    Your right vickie your not a math wiz, and apparently not a reading wiz either haha they said it drops the average age. So its easy to see that if the average is 21, so maybe a couple 20 odd year old ships and a 10 or 15 year old one, add a 3 and 4 year old one and the average drops to about 8 or 10 easily. A math wiz is what you are not. lol

  • Joanne
    July 01, 2010 - 19:45

    I have mixed emotions to read Marine Atlantic's news.
    On one hand I was pleased to hear the news regarding the chartering of two new vessels for the Sydney/Port aux Basques run as I can only hope that the service will improve. (It cannot get too much worse.) Let's hope that there is no price increase on this vital link to the rest of Canada. I will not go into my rant about why I think the service, for resident Newfoundlanders, should be discounted as it is OUR Trans Canada Highway.
    However, I was disappointed that these vessels will be chartered and not constructed/refitted in a local shipyard such as Marystown.