Malfunctions on MV Blue Puttees before vessel set sail

Daniel MacEachern
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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.”

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Organizations: Marine Atlantic, MV Blue Puttees

Geographic location: Europe, Germany

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Recent comments

  • Former Newfoundlander
    January 17, 2011 - 21:10

    It looks like an offshore supply boat, not the prettiest ferry I've seen. Lets all hope it works better then it looks.

    • Patrick
      January 19, 2011 - 15:10

      Former Newfoundlander? what in the name of aitch e two sticks is that? You is, or you ain't!

  • Peter Rowsell
    January 17, 2011 - 19:59

    Bigger ferries reduce the per passenger employee hours for Marine Atlantic. This means be there earlier for longer loads & longer unloads at the other side. The road infastructures in NS & NL are both taxed at ferry time with the smaller ships, hence more danger in the roads, particularly on offloading. with more vehicles. What we need are more, faster loading, wind capable ships. Bigships + wind = more trouble in PAB. We don't need fancy. May be good for tourists, but for frequent travellers ... give us clean washrooms, reasonably priced meals & as fast a trip as possible. I see no pluses in these new ships for the regular traveller.

  • badameli
    January 16, 2011 - 10:46

    See - the Blue Puttees is everything we've always dreamed of.

  • Blair
    January 16, 2011 - 10:24

    Congratulations Marine Atlantic on your well named new ferry. I am looking forward to seeing it. I will not pay attention to the narrow minded negative comments posted here.

    • wavy
      January 16, 2011 - 12:00

      You "will not pay attention to the narrow minded negative comments posted here"? Do I need to point out the fallacy of that sentence? Also, since when does a negative comment become narrow-minded by default? Seems a little hypocritical, don't you think? So you like the name. Good for you.

  • Mary
    January 16, 2011 - 09:43

    Will the new MV improve the arrival and departure times? In five years I have yet to see any Marine Atlantic MV (on which I had bought passage) ever come near to meeting the advertised schedule within five hours of the time advertised. The hours of one's life spent on the docks of NS and PAB are not something that any tourist would wish to repeat.

  • james
    January 16, 2011 - 09:30

    looks like it,s ready to sink

  • Steve
    January 15, 2011 - 13:52

    Considering that these 2 ships are being cut into 3 separate pieces and then basically welded back together it will be amazing if these are the only problems that will happen to either of these ships. I guess only time will tell?

    • Enn
      January 19, 2011 - 11:14

      You should look into how ships are built even when they are built from scratch. they are divided in many many pieces and then welded together. Taking out a piece of the middle of the ship doesn't pose too many issue structurally, it' just a pain in the but to do all the wiring and piping changes, but not much more than tedious.

  • wavy
    January 15, 2011 - 11:41

    You'll have to excuse me if I cock one eyebrow and smirk. Think I'll wait a while, let them iron out the kinks (no pun intended) before crossing the Gulf on the MV Blue Puttees. Marine Atlantic, I sure as hell hope you know what you're doing here because your track record of the past few years has done little to restore the faith and confidence of the public.

    • Brian
      February 11, 2011 - 21:35

      I was born and raised in NL. I spent the last 40 years earning my living away from home, only going back to NL each year to visit family. I recently moved from ON to NB. The only reason I didn't go back to NL is the unreliability of the ferry service. I've been on many ferries in Canada and the USA, but never have I seen the poor quality of service as I have the past few years from Marine Atlantic. I spoke to many tourists on these trips and most will not return because of the service.