A last minute decision means that MV Gallipoli will not be leaving Ramea this week to join the Bell Island run.
As late as Saturday evening, the Department of Transportation and Works sent out notice that the ferry would be leaving the Ramea area early this week to take over the Bell Island run while MV Flanders was out for refit.
MV Sound of Islay was to provide contingency service for the Ramea, Grey River, Burgeo run.
However, late Sunday night, MHA for Burgeo – La Poile, Andrew Parsons, tweeted that the decision had been made to leave the Gallipoli on the Ramea run for eight weeks and then take that vessel out for refit itself.
The Sound of Islay has undergone emergency repairs for cracks in its hull and can no longer be used in rough waters.
“I think that’s one of the reasons they changed their mind because they had a lot of calls from people like sailors and actual skippers saying what the concerns were,” Parsons said when contacted.
Parsons also gave the people of the area credit for fighting hard and the Department of Transportation and Works for listening.
Parsons said as far as he knew the plan is to send the Sound of Islay to Ramea when the Gallipoli is sent in for refit in eight weeks but the weather is expected to be improved by then and the vessel more capable of the task.
As of print time, it wasn’t clear if plans to refit the Flanders this week had changed.
The MV Gallipoli will be departing Ramea early this coming week for Bell Island to provide contingency service while the MV Flanders comes out for refit, according to the Department of Transportation and Works.
In turn the MV Sound of Islay will provide contingency service for the Ramea, Grey River, Burgeo run
According to transportation and works, the MV Sound of Islay is designated as a swing vessel and is tasked to provide relief capacity ensuring continued marine service during planned refit periods and other interruptions in service.
It’s anticipated the refit of the Flanders will take up to eight weeks.