Marine Atlantic vessels moving again

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After a day and a half tied up in the dock, the Marine Atlantic vessels were expected to depart ports in Port aux Basques and North Sydney at 11:45 p.m. Friday night.
That was according to Marine Atlantic Spokesman Darrell Mercer, who said wind affected them yesterday causing them to cancel crossings from Port aux Basques and North Sydney this morning.

The Blue Puttees was tied up for a day and a half as wind pushed ice along the dock, making it unsafe to dock ferries. Crossings were expected to begin again Friday night. — Telegram file photo

That wind blew the ice into the Port aux Basques harbour and while the thickness of it is not a problem, it created a problem for the docking process as it builds up along the dock and it isn’t safe for a ferry to dock.

Mercer said while there is a lot of ice in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, it wasn’t preventing the ferries from sailing.

The ferries have been tied up in port at Port aux Basques and North Sydney since Thursday morning as both Thursday night crossings were also cancelled.

Customers are being told to keep checking the travel advisory section of the website or to call 1-800-341-7981 for more information as ice or wind could continue to cause problems.


The Western Star

Organizations: Marine Atlantic

Geographic location: Port aux Basques, North Sydney, Western Star

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