The $108-million Oceanex ship Connaigra is to be taken out of service again — the second time the cargo vessel has had to undergo repairs since its arrival in St. John’s in October last year.
© — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram
The Oceanex Avalon, shown at the Oceanex base at the west end of St. John’s harbour Monday morning, was to be reinstated to its former Montreal Friday sailing schedule to maintain service between St. John’s and Montreal while the Oceanex Connaigra is in dry dock.
A notice on the Oceanex website says the vessel recently experienced a systems malfunction similar to the one last fall. That malfunction resulted in the ship being kept in Boston while repairs were done on its main propeller hub system.
The website says the Oceanex Connaigra would return to dry dock as a precautionary measure after a final trip from Montreal to St. John’s April 18.
A company plan to reinstate the vessel Oceanex Cabot to its former Montreal Tuesday sailing as of April 22 and return the Oceanex Avalon to its former Montreal Friday sailing as of April 25 would allow the company to keep its regular scheduled service between Montreal and St. John’s, the website stated.
There’s no word yet on how long the Oceanex Connaigra will be out of service.