UPDATE: MV Blue Puttees returns to dock

MV Blue Puttees runs aground in Port aux Basques

Brodie Thomas editor@gulfnews.ca
Published on July 31, 2013
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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.

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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.