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MV Veteran docked in Horta, Portugal due to adverse weather


The MV Veteran, the new ferry to service the communities of Fogo Island and Change Islands, has experienced an unexpected delay in its voyage to Newfoundland from Damen Shipyards in Romania.

A spokesman for the Department of Transportation and Works confirmed this morning that the ferry has been docked in Horta, Portugal since Sept. 29 due to unfavourable weather.

“There are multiple weather systems in the North Atlantic that are at this point affecting the vessel’s departure from the Azores. We cannot predict with any certainty whether Hurricane Joaquin will specifically impact the Veteran’s voyage, but the crew will err on the side of caution and will only proceed when safe to do so,” he said. “The crew requires approximately a week of favourable weather to make the final voyage from its current position to Newfoundland and Labrador.”

The MV Veteran began what was expected to be a month-long voyage to Newfoundland in August and was expected to begin service around the end of October or early November. It was delayed early on its trip due to engine issues, but the vessel was due to arrive in Canadian waters this week, until the adverse weather in the Atlantic, including Hurricane Joaquin.

The National Hurricane Centre said this morning the center of Hurricane Joaquin will continue to move away from Bermuda today. Its maximum sustained winds are now about 140 km/h.

Joaquin is expected to move north-northeast in the direction of Newfoundland Tuesday and Wednesday, but stay offshore and become a post tropical storm on Thursday.

Another disturbance is being monitored by the National Hurricane Center in the U.S., causing cloudiness and thunderstorms about 1,000 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and associated with a broad low-pressure area.

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A spokesman for the Department of Transportation and Works confirmed this morning that the ferry has been docked in Horta, Portugal since Sept. 29 due to unfavourable weather.

“There are multiple weather systems in the North Atlantic that are at this point affecting the vessel’s departure from the Azores. We cannot predict with any certainty whether Hurricane Joaquin will specifically impact the Veteran’s voyage, but the crew will err on the side of caution and will only proceed when safe to do so,” he said. “The crew requires approximately a week of favourable weather to make the final voyage from its current position to Newfoundland and Labrador.”

The MV Veteran began what was expected to be a month-long voyage to Newfoundland in August and was expected to begin service around the end of October or early November. It was delayed early on its trip due to engine issues, but the vessel was due to arrive in Canadian waters this week, until the adverse weather in the Atlantic, including Hurricane Joaquin.

The National Hurricane Centre said this morning the center of Hurricane Joaquin will continue to move away from Bermuda today. Its maximum sustained winds are now about 140 km/h.

Joaquin is expected to move north-northeast in the direction of Newfoundland Tuesday and Wednesday, but stay offshore and become a post tropical storm on Thursday.

Another disturbance is being monitored by the National Hurricane Center in the U.S., causing cloudiness and thunderstorms about 1,000 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and associated with a broad low-pressure area.

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