© Star photo by Cory Hurley
The MV Apollo is seen docked in Corner Brook on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014.
The MV Sir Robert Bond will continue to operate from Corner Brook until April 30.
CAI Nunatsiavut announced the service extension on the Corner Brook to Blanc Sablon run on its website, www.labradorferry.ca on Tuesday.
After that time the ferry service will be turned over to Labrador Marine Inc.
Last week, Labrador Marine was awarded the contract to provide year-round service for the Labrador Straits until 2016.
The contract had been scheduled to begin Tuesday when the MV Apollo was to return to service.
However, Labrador Marine’s website, www.labradormarine.com, said the service will commence on May 1. There was no reason given for the delay.
Meanwhile, the Bond is currently in port in Corner Brook and is scheduled to depart for Blanc Sablon on Thursday at 7 a.m. However, that sailing is dependent upon ice conditions in the Strait of Belle Isle.
The service has been experienced numerous delays over the past month or so due to heavy ice conditions. The normal 12-hour crossing has taken up to 50 hours on more than one occasion.