UPDATE: MV Blue Puttees returns to dock

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MV Blue Puttees runs aground in Port aux Basques

The MV Blue Puttees has returned to dock about 5 p.m. in Port aux Basques, according to a news release from Marine Atlantic. 

Because of the ferry's incident earlier today, delays are expected in Marine Atlantic's schedule. The company will update its website with revised sailing times.

The boat is being inspected and the incident is still under investigation.




(Earlier story)

By Brodie Thomas/The Gulf News and The Telegram

Marine Atlantic says the MV Blue Puttees is secure at its current location and the situation has been stabilized since the ferry ran aground at Port aux Basques this morning around 8:32 a.m.

In a news release, Msrine Atlantic said the vessel was carrying 398 passengers and 91 crew members. No injuries have been reported and there is no indication of significant damage at this point.

As per Marine Atlantic’s Emergency response policies, it said all regulatory authorities have been contacted including Transport Canada, the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre, and DNV.

Marine Atlantic said an investigation is continuing and more details will be provided as they become available.

Corner Brook resident Jamie Whalen is aboard this ship. He said the jolt of the ferry running into the wharf woke him. He was trying to get some sleep in a cabin.

“They’re saying right now we have to wait until the tide comes in,” he said, before the passengers can leave the ferry.

High tide in Port aux Basques will be 4:58 p.m., according to a DFO tide table.

Whalen said there was a bit of panic when the ship first struck, but people are calm now. He said the crew have been keeping passengers informed of the situation.

"There’s a few peed off people,” he said.

Whalen said a steward has been to every room, to check and see if people are ok. He said power is on and food is available for purchase.


(Earlier story)

The MV Blue Puttees has run aground in Port aux Basques Harbour. Reports from people at the scene say the ferry was leaving for the crossing to North Sydney.

The ship appears to be stable and upright. Port aux Basques Volunteer Fire Department is on the scene. No passengers can be seen on the decks.

The ship ran into a wharf known locally as T.J Hardy’s Wharf. The property is now owned by the Town of Port aux Basques, where it has an industrial space which it rents to local businesses.

Port aux Basques Mayor Brian Button was at the wharf this morning. He said he had not been told any details at this time.

Further updates will be posted online as they become available.


(Earlier story)

The Marine Atlantic ferry Blue Puttees has run aground in Port aux Basques, the Gulf News is reporting.

The weekly Transcontinental newspaper says marine traffic is blocked.

More details to come.


Organizations: Marine Atlantic, Gulf News

Geographic location: Port aux Basques

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Recent comments

  • pit bull
    August 02, 2013 - 22:28

    HI I was on the Blue Puttees when she hit the wharf and seen it all happen. I have posted a few videos on my you tube site is anyone wanted to see them. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5QDL-dbJj0&feature=c4-overview&list=UUhg2B_AYFkuBrhptVmFZH3Q

  • Donna
    August 02, 2013 - 18:48

    FACT: MA did offer free food and a free crossing to all paaengers on the Blue tha day of the incident. The did announce as they always do on a crossing food is available for purchase, but within the hour of the happening all food was FREE,

  • dwayne
    July 31, 2013 - 23:05

    As for moving the ferry terminal to Corner Brook, imagine how much more expensive a crossing would cost. Never mind the ice problems getting in to Corner Brook in the winter. I could take a ship in or out of Port Aux Basque with a 100$ hand held GPS, which is only accurate within 30 feet at best. These ferry's have GPS systems which are accurate within an inch. There is no excuse for an incident like this, but I'm sure Marine Atlantic will find one

    • jesse james
      August 02, 2013 - 15:40

      yes I agree with you doug and the serves for the one their use ing right now is not much better a bunch of us come in on the bus to north sydny and said tht we would have to wait till Monday to cross a mother and her small children was their and a few seniors we asked if we could just sit in the lounge or something the staff at the counter where going to make her wait out side the terminal along with everyone eals people that had reservations where not even aloud to go thru for my self and many others said that this would be the last time we us their services and personally I am discussed with the way things are handled things good thing it wasn't winter time thows poor kids would have froze

  • Doug
    July 31, 2013 - 19:21

    I believe we deserve a good reason why the ferry went aground. Are the vessels too big for Port Aux Basques? We often hear what happened but do not hear who is at fault or what Marine Atlantic has done to improve things. We deserve a reliable ferry service between Newfoundland and Canada.

  • crista
    July 31, 2013 - 18:31

    Reading the article and reading the comments; Can understand your concerns about was was said in the article but Marine Atlantic???? could and can have bigger problems???? that you could possibly imagine an inspection has got to be done in this investigation and that has got to be a Marine investigation and who gets to do it got to know what they are doing!!!! And if you do not understand what you are being told???? you should not be to quick to point fingers or as some one would say arm chair experts????

  • White Eagle
    July 31, 2013 - 17:55

    Start by getting rid of that island in the middle of PAB harbour. When they got the last two boats they had to shorten them for that very reason.

  • Ann
    July 31, 2013 - 17:00

    Weather M.A. gave out free food or not is besides the point but to announce that they can purchase food is unreal! It's sad that we have to relay on them to leave the province. I was stuck on the ferry on 2 different occasions once for 15 hours and another for 23 hours and wasn't even offer coffee. Then when we did get off after 23 hours it was dark and a snow storm and no rooms left in port aux basque. Marine altantic needs to get their act together and maybe move to a bigger place!

    • ann
      August 04, 2013 - 12:20

      Marine Atlantic is only responsible to feed passengers for free if it is the fault of the boat.....sounds like you were stuck due to MOTHER NATURE...send her the bill...or fly next time.......yes it sucks....but people always need to blame someone...how do you think the employees feel...not their fault either

  • Wrong title
    July 31, 2013 - 15:29

    The title should read "no injuries,no explanation, misinformation expected over the next month with ferry accident" They could have saved about 1/2 page of print with that and been bang on with the story

    • ann
      August 04, 2013 - 12:24

      give them time for god sakes......,.

  • newf e
    July 31, 2013 - 13:27

    Time to move the dock to Corner Brook indeed. Making people drive in the dark to port aux Basques is absurd and dangerous. The dock in corner brook is much better.

    • Al
      July 31, 2013 - 17:21

      I agree newf e. Move it to Corner Brook or around the Cape to Stephenville. It's rediculous that people are still exposed to the dangerous winds of the wreck house and the blackness on the highway.

    • People will have to drive to corner brook as well?
      July 31, 2013 - 20:02

      The drive has nothing to do with it, although Corner brook has a better harbour, I think the 10-12 hour ferry ride would reek havoc on the scheduling. Port aux basque makes sense because it is the shortest route. The problem is that its run by Marine Atlantic!

  • wayne newfie stuck in NS
    July 31, 2013 - 13:14

    I like the way all you commenters always down Marine Atl. Mark these words, The passengers will get a free trip out off this. So stop downing Marine Atlantic until all the info and facts are released.{{{ Bunch off losers }}} Nothing better to do with your time.

    • david
      August 05, 2013 - 11:20

      Free trips on unsafe boats with incompetent crews is not exactly like winning the lottery ---- especially as it cost you your summer vacation to enter the 'draw'. And the vast majority of passengers in late July are one-time only visitors....give 'em 5 free trips, it costs the same: zero.

  • david
    July 31, 2013 - 13:14

    Are you people all brain dead?! What is with the mindless fixation on the cost of the meals? Who cares whrehter you get a free burger or not? This is the G.D. ferry system that links us to the G.D. mainland....get a grip on your preciously tenuous reality!! This is very, VERY serious s#it. I honestly thin this place is a looney bin for wayward moochers.

  • Euphemia
    July 31, 2013 - 13:08

    398 passengers and 91 crew,add on oil and cost to run the ferry. How do they make money? Must be the food,hahaha LOL LOL.

  • Dravyn
    July 31, 2013 - 12:38

    Do you guys know how much that food costs? They can't give it away! Everything they do costs an arm & a leg so the tourists get a nice visit, yet we can't afford to take our own ferry!

  • Jeff
    July 31, 2013 - 12:31

    You idiots. The "food for purchase" was a comment made by a passenger. So you'll just believe whatever anyone says? I've been stuck on the ferry for a longer than expected time a few times and they have always accommodated. Once a free cabin was offered to my family and I when we were stuck outside of the harbour due to high winds for 14 hours. Don't get me wrong, I love to complain about Marine Atlantic and have been doing so for many years but get the facts before you blow your lid because of what one guy (a passenger) said. Check MA's twitter feed and you'll see they are offering free meals to everyone onboard.

  • ashamed
    July 31, 2013 - 11:55

    Purchase your food... totally disgusting and sending a wrong message to our tourists that keep this Island going.... Pathetic... Furthermore why are the boats leaving from there where there is nothing but problems from the wreck house... Start embarking from Corner Brook where it makes sense... No, because that makes sense, RIGHT?! Give them their meals for free you bunch of tight ass's, they paid through the ass to get on the darn thing!!!!!!

  • Troy
    July 31, 2013 - 11:52

    What does a deeper harbour do for a ship that has run aground at a wharf? Even Corner Brook harbour borders on land at some point.

  • Reed Bennett
    July 31, 2013 - 11:49

    Unreal incident, but one thing I noticed is the above comment, "Food is available for purchase" isn't that something. The nerve of this company.

  • Jack
    July 31, 2013 - 11:39

    Let's give Marine Atlantic and their incompetent Captains and Navigators the old "heave ho" as we have had enough with their unreliable service and higher rates.

  • D A. Lonergan Freake
    July 31, 2013 - 11:30

    Glad everyone is OK. Now everything will be backed up, etc. Costly delays for all of us on holidays planning to return to the mainland. Can't believe Marine Atlantic isn't providing free meals, etc for the delayed passengers & allowing their no doubt terrified animals up in to the cabins. So what if they have to do a little extra cleaning.

  • Displaced Newfie
    July 31, 2013 - 11:27

    The much deeper harbour in Corner brook.... yeah, lets make the crossing even long, that will surely bring more tourists. Just like planes crash, and passenger cars have accidents, ferries too can be involved in mis-adventures. They call them accidents for a reason.... while it may be caused by human error - TO ERR IS HUMAN. It is easy for all you keyboard jockies to sit there and criticize when you have no clue of any details other than those reported above, nor do you know the cause. How about we not hang any innocent men - or a corporation until the truth is know.

  • Christine
    July 31, 2013 - 11:18

    Food to purchase?? There should be free food at the very least and start refunding money!!

  • dana
    July 31, 2013 - 11:14

    Seriously"purchase food"!!!!!!!!

  • Happy
    July 31, 2013 - 11:03

    it is life, take the good with the bad and stop complaining : )

  • Brad
    July 31, 2013 - 10:56

    Brian, dont look like the deeper harbour would do anything.... ran into the wharf by the looks of it!! Have another beer for sure!!

  • Ruth
    July 31, 2013 - 10:53

    The food for passengers should be free anyway; they charge enough for passage to include meals. In this case, passengers shouldn't have to pay. What happens to some people on very tight budgets?

    • Debra
      July 31, 2013 - 14:01

      Just read a statement from a company representative that said all food and beverages are complimentary under the circumstances. Just so you know.

  • Richard Kean
    July 31, 2013 - 10:36

    Port Aux Basque entry and exit is way to small and dangerous for such large vessels....that coastline is prone to fog and windy conditions that prevent the vessels from either leaving or docking on schedule. think its time to relocate to Corner Brook, that port is always open and plenty of room for large vessels to maneuver. seems every time the vessels leave the Port Aux Basque port someone or something is always at risk. Stop the risks before someone gets hurt.

  • david
    July 31, 2013 - 10:35

    The saga continues.....welcome tourists! This is the exact 2 months we're entirely designed and built for now, and we can't even get through that. On the bright side, October winds are just weeks away, Newfies!

  • david
    July 31, 2013 - 10:34

    The saga continues.....welcome tourists! This is the exact 2 months we're entirely designed and built for now, and we can't even get through that. On the bright side, October winds are just weeks away, Newfies!

  • Captain Canada
    July 31, 2013 - 10:16

    Its the chance you take when you play a little game of "just the tip"

  • Former Passenger
    July 31, 2013 - 09:36

    They run aground, they can't re-float until 4:58 PM and they are nice enough to send a steward to tell them that there is food TO PURCHASE. PURCHASE? Really?

  • Chippy
    July 31, 2013 - 09:29

    Yep, should have know something would go wrong with Marine Atlantic as I am travelling to Port Aux Basques with my girlfriend in just a few days.....I am going to start calling it the Dicks curse...

  • Janelle Johnson
    July 31, 2013 - 09:27

    I don't understand, why the people have to "purchase" food. It wasn't the passengers fault that it ran aground, so Marine Atlantic should do everything possible to make all the passengers as comfortable as possible, including free meals, since they had NO INTENTIONS of being stuck on the boat all day!

    • Tanya Craik
      July 31, 2013 - 16:40

      You took the words right out of my mouth Janelle, I can't believe that they aren't providing essentials for their passengers, disgraceful1

  • Blair
    July 31, 2013 - 09:22

    The passengers are being delayed from disembarking the ferry by 8 hours and "food is available for purchase." Marine Atlantic should provide free food as the accident was its fault.

  • hslaw
    July 31, 2013 - 09:22

    My question is if the people are to stay on board from no fault of their own why is food being purchased. I would think a good will policy would be "Sorry we will keep you comfortable" That would be being fed

  • Captain Nomad
    July 31, 2013 - 09:18

    Who was asleep at the helm?

  • Harold
    July 31, 2013 - 08:47

    you think maybe Port aux Basques Harbour is too small for these ferries or maybe the ferries are just too big for Port aux Basques harbour. Come to ARGENTIA, ice free, deep water and big enough for the United States Navy. 1.5 hours drive from St. John's on a 4 lane divided highway

  • Brian
    July 31, 2013 - 08:37

    They should be using the much deeper harbour in Corner Brook ... end of story.

    • Ed Farrell
      July 31, 2013 - 11:28

      Corner Brook is a eighteen hour sail from North Sydney, Much cheaper to upgrade harbour in P.A.B. Depth of water doesn't seem to be the problem as it ran aground on the shore which running to Corner Brook's deeper harbour wouldn't solve

    • Boggs
      July 31, 2013 - 13:45

      How do you figure its 18 hours to Corner brook? Its only a 12 hour run to Argentia!!! None of these vessels run near full power. Worst case it would be 10 hrs to Corner Brook but at least you would be sure to be running and arriving on time. You would also save the three hour drive from nowhere to civilization.

    • Chris
      July 31, 2013 - 14:57

      I would have to agree with Reed Bennett. Food is now available for purchase. Are you kidding me. The ship ran aground. All the passengers could of been to their destination by now, (North Sydney), and been on their way to enjoy the rest of the summer, and to be stuck on the boat and cant get off , and say food is available for purchase. It should be given to them for free. That's Marine Atlantic for ya, trying to make a dollar from a very sad circumstance. I think its pathedic

  • IAMtheJIB
    July 31, 2013 - 08:31

    Ran aground? Ran into a warf? Have another beer byes, you'll get er out!