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The Sir Robert Bond, left, and the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Henry Larsen.
The Sir Robert Bond is scheduled to depart for Blanc Sablon at 2 p.m.
The ferry, linking the island with Labrador, has been hampered by ice conditions in the Strait of Belle Isle this winter.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has said that ice in the Strait of Belle Isle is the thickest since 1989.
“The ice along the western coast of Newfoundland is approximately 70-120 centimetres thick and covers 90 per cent of the coast up through the Strait of Belle Isle,” said the department in an email early this month.
The ice has meant the Bond has required the services of an ice breaker on the run and the normally 12-hour crossing has taken up to 50 hours to complete on at least one occasion.