Spokeswoman said minor problems fixed, ferry on track to launch at end of February
The Marine Atlantic vessel MV Blue Puttees arrives at Port aux Basques. — Photo by Aethne Hinchliffe, Transcontinental Media
The newest addition to the Marine Atlantic Fleet suffered some minor malfunctions during sea tests in Europe, but a company spokeswoman said the vessel is on track to be launched on time.
Marine Atlantic spokeswoman Tara Laing told The Telegram Friday the MV Blue Puttees experienced a couple of minor problems during trials in Germany.
“We went through huge numbers of modifications on the vessel, and we underwent sea trials, and there were a couple of items identified during one of the sea trials, resulting in a few days’ delay,” Laing said.
“We had one sea trial that (had a problem) with the stabilizer, and with the power management system, (which) controls a number of the operating functions, and we had technical challenges with that, but we had it fixed. The vessel is here. Did we get exactly, day-by-day, what we originally planned? Probably not day-by-day, but we were well within our original scheme of what our plan is to bring the vessel in (to service) at the end of February.”
Laing said before the Blue Puttees goes into service, Marine Atlantic plans to dock it in St. John’s.
“This was a huge undertaking, and overall things went very well, and we’re very pleased with the outcome. Our crews are currently undergoing their training, their familiarization,” she said.
“We’re really proud of the vessels, and our crews are really proud of her, and so far the feedback is really great.”