- August 29, 2012 - 22:16
The ships performed perfectly well in Europe (Stena is a highly regarded company with employees that know what they're doing) but are often breaking down here. It's unlikely the problem is with with the ships as has been suggested but rather with the incompetent, poorly trained mechanics/engineers responsible for keeping them in service. I suspect that there is never (or very seldom) any preventative maintenance done and what repairs are made are done on the cheap with duct tape, bubble gum and a few prayers. When a major problem arises, no one has a clue how to fix it. Marine Atlantic should be forced to compensate all passengers for all the additional expenses that they have encountered (not just the paltry $100-$200 that is being offered now). Perhaps that would help focus the attention of management a wee bit.
- August 30, 2012 - 17:54
Point of correction.....passengerts are not being offered $100 or $200 compensation. They are being offered MA travel vouchers....vouchers with ZERO value for tourists who will never be coming back (which is most of them), nor for those residents who are so disgusted and inconvenienced vy this that they will in future avoid Marine atlantic like the plague. This is a worthless, virtually costless, pointless gesture to make MA appear to be something they are not and never will be: an accountable, customer-oriented operation. FAIL...YET AGAIN!
- August 29, 2012 - 17:44
I don't know what all the fuss is about. Marine Atlantic Inc is only kept on the books of the federal government to create high paying jobs and opportunities for Nova Scotians not to serve the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.
- August 29, 2012 - 11:15
its said to say but after the vison catching fire 3 times , the blue putties almost going under twice and a retired crew member dieing cause of the listing , now the generator going out i think marina alantic should get rid of all the boats they leased and build some safe ones like the old ones they retired , its really sad that the only boat that is not causing to much trouble is the old mv lief ericcson from the early 90s which is still in service .
- August 29, 2012 - 10:00
Did you hear the one about the island people who were so meek and stupid that they were bullied, tortured and starved for 50 years until they all left or died? Ha Ha Ha Ha! Newfie Jokes, 256th Edition.
- August 29, 2012 - 09:55
Here we go again with Marine Atlantic's ferry reliability problems. In addition, since our ferries are relatively new, especially MV Highlanders and MV Putees, are already breaking down after just one year, it seems to me that Marine Atlantic are constantly purchasing "lemons" and not brand new ferries. To add insult to injury, since MV Highlanders repairs were supposed to be completed by Friday, but the ferry is still under repairs, Marine Atlantic are not only lying to Canadian Taxpayers, but also Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. A message for Stephen Harper, Peter "Harper Yes Man" Penashue, and Marine Atlantic, enough is enough, no more faulty ferries, no more lies.