Weather conditions affecting Gulf ferry runs

Gary Kean
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PORT AUX BASQUES  High winds off the southwestern coast of Newfoundland have caused some delay in the Marine Atlantic ferry schedule.

The MV Blue Puttees was more than an hour late docking in Port aux Basques Monday morning. Its next scheduled departure time of 11:45 a.m. has been revised to 12:30 p.m. and its status is listed as delayed on Marine Atlantic’s website.

The MV Highlanders, which had been scheduled to depart from North Sydney, N.S. at 11:45 a.m. Atlantic time Monday morning, is also listed as delayed with a revised departure time of 3:30 p.m. Monday.



Organizations: Marine Atlantic

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Port aux Basques, North Sydney

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  • Barrelman
    December 10, 2013 - 09:37

    Perhaps it's time for the whiz kids at Marine Atlantic to redo the math on a few long, narrow, high-sided vessels that have large vehicle capacities yet can't sail when the wind gets up versus vessels like the former Caribou and Smallwood (built in Canada and specifically designed for the Gulf service) that could sail under all but the most extreme weather conditions. Bottom line: those vessels spent more time on the water and kept the service running; the Blue Puttees, Highlanders and Atlantic Vision - can't.

  • david
    December 09, 2013 - 09:42

    Oh my, thank goodness the tourists aren't here for this! Suggestion to Marine Atlantic: You should blame this all on climate know, that these %500 million ships were designed (hmmmmm) and built before anyone realized that these crazy times called "Fall" and "Winter" would bring such completely unpredictable events. Oh well, put that on the agenda for the next board meeting....for now, it's Christmas bonus time!