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Update: Fogo Island/Change Islands ferry undergoing inspection today


Latest update by Department of Transportation and Works as of 12:25:

The Capt Earl W. Winsor pictured in a file photo docked in Lewisporte. The vessel is undergoing an inspection today after a ramp/vehicle incident at Change Islands on Monday evening.

Latest update: The Winsor remains alongside Farewell, undergoing testing and inspection of its ramp and bow by regulatory agencies. Anticipate will have a result by late this afternoon, 11 Feb. Once known, will inform all soonest. If successful Winsor, will commence daily scheduled sailings as soon as possible. The Dashboard and Tape will also be updated immediately. Fixed wing and helicopter services will continue throughout today, 11 Feb. The continuing patience and understanding of all is greatly appreciated.

Earlier posting: According to the Department of Transportation and Works website, the MV Capt Earl W. Winsor has had a successful initial test of its ramp and bow which was required after a dump truck went off the ramp into the water at Change Islands on Monday evening.

As the Pilot reported, the dump truck driver (Dean Snow) managed to escape the vehicle without injury.

The MV Winsor was to proceed to Farewell today, Feb. 11 at 8 a.m., without passengers or vehicles (vessel not yet cleared for service) in order to undergo further inspection of the bow and ramp by regulatory authorities.

Once results of the regulatory inspection are known there will be a further update.

For today, Feb. 11, fixed wing and helicopter air services will continue until further notice.

The department website to check for updates is: http://www.tw.gov.nl.ca/ferryservices/index.stm

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