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  • Keith
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Re the MV Leif Ericson: is this the same one that was on the run when I was a kid (about 40 years ago)? Or another vessel with the same name? If it's the same one and is on the Gulf run, why would they replace the two newer vessels and upgrade the older one?

  • Barrellman
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    They could spend a billion dollars on Marine Atlantic, but if ferries the height and length of the Atlantic Vision can't get into and out of Port aux Basques, Newfoundland's primary gateway, because of wind conditions, what's the point. And before I go further: as a long-time ferry user the problem isn't Port aux Basques harbour; it's the size of the vessels M-A plans to charter. Here's a thought: instead of making a long-term spending commitment on European junk, M-O-T and Marine Atlantic need to get cracking on building new and improved CANADIAN ferries in a CANADIAN shipyard based on the proven seaworthiness, ice cap[ability and manueverability of the Caribou and Smallwood hull designs. Those hull plans are still around, aren't they, either at Ottawa or Davie Shipbuilding at Levis, Quebec?