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  • edwardsweeney
    July 30, 2012 - 17:58


  • Islander
    July 30, 2012 - 17:52

    I to am one fed up with the poor ferry system in place but the Belle of the Bay cannot blame the ferry service for their bad business. Many times island residents have called out to their business to book tables for meals only to find out they were either closed because the furnance was broken, or the stove was out of order, or they had to go to town to pick up food .... always an excuse.... I just wish the right person would invest in that establishment and make it worthwhile as it has so much to offer . On another note the ferry service is another issue for residents working on the island and living on the island and that is my main concern. Frustrated with the service not being able to get off or on the island in the summer months due to the high number of traffic from tourists travellng to Bell Island is my issue ..... WE NEED BETTER SERVICE FOR EVERYONE.

  • John
    July 30, 2012 - 09:08

    If the ferries have several years left in their lives, how do they explain the many breakdowns that seem to occur weekly or more often? Maybe it's time for the government to put new engines in them - the same as the ones going into the new ferries. That way, they would have spare engines for the new ferries and reliable ferries to Bell Island. They are one of the few settlements that have a population base big enough to sustain their ferries, unlike many, if not all of the other islands which should be relocated or if they don't want to move off the island, provide their own transport..

  • The Momma
    July 30, 2012 - 08:04

    All I can say is my son is supposed to be on his way to bell island this morning with a summer camp group. I should worry about him staying with his group. I should worry that he doesn't get seasick. I should worry that he's dresses properly for the weather. But I should NOT have to worry if one or both ferries will BREAK DOWN.

  • Ken Collis
    July 30, 2012 - 07:04

    Transport Canada inspects every Canadian regestered vessel annually to ensure that machinery that is critical to the safety of the vessel is in good repair, that all personnel are properly certified, and that the best practice of seamanship are followed. They do not inspect non critical machenery that is important to the suitability of the vessel as a ferry, only that passengers will be safe while on board. Just about every shipping company contractor uses independant audits that help determine the suitability of the vessel for it's intended purpose and that machenery that is not a part of the Transport Canada inspection is in good order. If a company knows, for example, that equipment is several hundred hours over the manufacturers recomended maintenance period, then the company can make sure the work gets done ASAP so service won't be intrupted. The public service that looks after our diverse ferry service don't use independant auditors, or any other form of inspection other than what is required by Transport Canada. This makes a BIG difference when the provincial fleet of ferries is older than most of the people working on them.

    • sid mitchell
      July 30, 2012 - 10:01

      bell island ferry service,(oh me nerves)