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Need to refuel disrupts Strait of Belle Isle ferry service

The MV Apollo sits at the dock in St. Barbe during a crossing delay on Dec 29.
The MV Apollo sits at the dock in St. Barbe during a crossing delay on Dec 29.

With an increased number of crossings on the Strait of Belle Isle — between St. Barbe, Newfoundland, to L’Anse au Clair on the Labrador coast — refuelling delays will be more common with the MV Apollo’s schedule.

One such delay occurred Thursday, Dec. 29. The Apollo was scheduled to depart from St. Barbe at 3:30 pm. However, the crossing was delayed due to refuelling and the ship did not depart until 4:15 pm.

A number of customers, returning home during the holiday season, were left waiting in their vehicles indefinitely and unaware that there would be any such delay. Nothing had been communicated to them until refuelling was underway.

According to Labrador Marine’s Operations Manager Dave Leyden, under the normal schedule, the Apollo stayed overnight in St. Barbe two nights during the week and fuel was arranged accordingly.

However, now that the schedule has increased to two round trips daily from Monday to Thursday, this means there are no overnights in St. Barbe. He says they have no option but to take fuel in between crossings. This was the case for the scheduled 3:30 pm crossing on Dec 29.

Leyden says most customers were aware of the delay in advance, but he has advised the ship that the ticket office should be notified going forward, so that customers can be advised of any delays for departures.

 

stephen.roberts@tc.tc

One such delay occurred Thursday, Dec. 29. The Apollo was scheduled to depart from St. Barbe at 3:30 pm. However, the crossing was delayed due to refuelling and the ship did not depart until 4:15 pm.

A number of customers, returning home during the holiday season, were left waiting in their vehicles indefinitely and unaware that there would be any such delay. Nothing had been communicated to them until refuelling was underway.

According to Labrador Marine’s Operations Manager Dave Leyden, under the normal schedule, the Apollo stayed overnight in St. Barbe two nights during the week and fuel was arranged accordingly.

However, now that the schedule has increased to two round trips daily from Monday to Thursday, this means there are no overnights in St. Barbe. He says they have no option but to take fuel in between crossings. This was the case for the scheduled 3:30 pm crossing on Dec 29.

Leyden says most customers were aware of the delay in advance, but he has advised the ship that the ticket office should be notified going forward, so that customers can be advised of any delays for departures.

 

stephen.roberts@tc.tc

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