New ferry docks in St. John's

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The new 80-metre ferry MV Veteran has docked in St. John’s harbour after finally making the trip over from Romania.

The ferry will service Fogo Island - Change Islands starting in November. It had previously been making the trip to Newfoundland when it had to return to port to have an engine replaced. 

It will remain in St. John’s Harbour to clear customs, and to allow time for training and necessary adjustments. 

Damen Shipyards in Romania is working on another ferry, the MV Legionnaire, which is expected to arrive in Newfoundland in the spring. That ship will service the Bell Island run.

Organizations: Damen Shipyards

Geographic location: Newfoundland, St. John's, Fogo Island Change Islands Romania Bell Island

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  • George
    November 16, 2015 - 14:49

    So, what is the status of this ferry now? It's still tied up in St. John's. Is there something delaying it being put into service?

  • George
    November 16, 2015 - 14:48

    So, what is the status of this ferry now? It's still tied up in St. John's. Is there something delaying it being put into service?

  • Charles Murphy
    October 18, 2015 - 12:13

    Kevin, You know many times I got my butt kick, for making suggestion about how to stimulate our economy, just to have people coming on here, and reminding me, were surrounded by water. That's what keep us behind, the rest of Canada and the world. Because I know we can move forwards, Only thing that hold us back, is Leadership.

  • Kevin
    October 18, 2015 - 10:26

    think outside or the box. The rest of the world has had a hundred year jump on NL. To have one problem and stick our heads in the sand and say:"Well , what can you do?" or saying "we are an island and we can't compete" is sad. I was part of the aerospace revolution in Montreal. take a page out of their book. The provincial Government should put their money where their mouths are. All innovation and training programs are dead-ends. They are propaganda and not using the oil wealth to build the industry here. Doing nothing is unacceptable. As for John's comment, what went on in St-Mary's is a little more complicated; so what, we give up building ships?

  • Political Watcher
    October 18, 2015 - 10:03

    On what Peninsula is Kingstown?

  • Bill
    October 18, 2015 - 09:26

    If you watch the launch video from Damen Shipyards in Romania, you will notice the ship's registration was St. John's, NL. Why did it sail to NL under a foreign flag registered in another country? You would think that if it was built to Canadian standards, it would have been flagged Canadian right from the shipyard. I suspect there will be lots of egg on a lot of faces before this ferry enters service.

  • Charles Murphy
    October 18, 2015 - 09:13

    Kevin, Were not into our own people, but more into shipping in " Economic Immigrants". Lease that's what our Government would like for us to believe, along with our provincial Liberal, for some reason, they think we couldn't find our way out of the dark. Only on voting day, and yes, I do agree with you, this ship along with the Legionnaire, should of been build right here, putting our people to work.

  • Kevin
    October 18, 2015 - 09:04

    The shipyards need time to develop. if they are only making a ferry once in every 10 years using unskilled workers, the first jobs will not run smoothly. The problem with Newfoundland competing, is everywhere else has had a 100 year head start. To say we have one problem and throw in the towel, is disgraceful! That kind of thinking has really done a number on manufacturing, example: for a shop to do the Carbonear hospital project, the shop needs 2 years to do the cabinet work. The point being, a Toronto company needs 4 months because there is no substitute for experience. To run and hide or say we are an island and cannot manufacture is shameful.

  • Kevin
    October 18, 2015 - 07:01

    We say we have the most advanced work force.Yet where ordering small ferry's in other country. Sad day the government has to look in the mirror and ask what happen The problem with this reckless attitude your work force gets less skilled .You need to build your skill with projects like this .Its that simple This isn't the only give away look at the Carbonear Hospital all cabinets are being made outside the province .Not to mention all installation of cabinets the crew is flown in from Hamilton The problem is the government doesn't invest in skilled workers all program are dead ends I came home 8 years ago I'm ashamed and embarrassed

    • John Smith
      October 18, 2015 - 08:09

      ...but not only were there no bids placed by any shipyards in NL...there were no bids placed by any shipyards in Canada....what do you expect government to do? How can you make a private company bid on a job if they don't want to? We paid through the teeth to have the first ferry built in Marystown, and that turned into a quagmire of lawsuits and cost over runs, that we didn't need.Talk about being ashamed and embarrassed...

  • Lloyd
    October 17, 2015 - 16:18

    She's a beauty Can't wait for our new ferry Legionnaire