The “NM Saaremaa I” has the capacity to accommodate 600 passengers, 150 vehicles and 12 trucks. Interruptions of service of the vessel therefore result in inconvenience for many people and companies.
November 19, 2019 18: 50
Runs through maritime Matane-Baie-Comeau-Godbout: establishment of an air service
The canadian Press
Hoodoo continues to rail on the transom maritime Matane – Baie-Comeau – Godbout, but alternatives have been put in place to ensure the bindings.
After having announced that all crossings of Tuesday were cancelled due to a technical problem affecting the rescue boat from the ship, the direction of the traverse Matane – Baie-Comeau – Godbout advised the customer, on Tuesday evening, the establishment of an air service that is complementary to, starting on Wednesday at 9am.
Several departures have been cancelled recently due to bad weather conditions on the St. Lawrence river.
Until Sunday, two round trips per day will be offered between the airports in Mont-Joli, Pointe-Lebel (Baie-Comeau and Sept-Îles.
Due to the limited number of seats on flights, the Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ) informs the public that reservations are required.
A statement released by the STQ, in the late morning on Tuesday, explained that it was on the sea trials during the night that the problem has been detected.
Multiple service interruptions
The users of the traverse Matane – Baie-Comeau – Godbout have suffered multiple interruptions in service during the current year from damage to the thrusters of the NM F.-A.-Gauthier, an Italian vessel acquired at a cost of $ 175 million in last December, which has not yet returned to sea.
The STQ has bought an old ferry at the end of life, the NM Apollo, at a cost of $ 2.1 million, which has not sailed for 21 days before being permanently removed from the circulation because of major structural problems.
For several weeks, the ships have succeeded temporarily to ensure the maritime service, and air links have been put in place. Since a few months, it is the NM Saaremaa , which ensures the service.
Last September, the NM Saaremaa I was damaged while docked to Godbout. About a week later, it was kept at dock because of an electronic problem.
The Société des traversiers du Québec had established an air service between Mont-Joli and Sept-Îles and between Mont-Joli and Baie-Comeau, similar to the service that it has announced Tuesday night.
The NM Saaremaa I has the capacity to accommodate 600 passengers, 150 vehicles and 12 trucks. Interruptions of service of the vessel therefore result in inconvenience for many people and companies.
The direction of the crosses he is sorry, but adds that safety is the priority that dictates the decisions in the current conditions.
The customer will be notified as soon as the timing of the reversal of the usual service will be known.