Tuesday, August 28, 2012

MARINE ATLANTIC DEBACLE CONTINUES


More delays on the Newfoundand Ferry Service. 

As the ferry system is this province’s primary link to the mainland, delays and cancellations cause hardship for tourists, truckers and residents alike.

The lemon – MV Highlanders – is out of service, again, on the eve of the busiest travel weekend of the year impacting the travel plans of hundreds of people who rely on the run.

It seems as if the ferry has been out of service more than it has been in service since the middle of August. The government of Newfoundland and Labrador spends millions on promoting the province through award winning tourism marketing and the federal government puts duds on the Gulf run. 

Marine Atlantic's ferry service between Argentia, Newfoundland and North Sydney, Nova Scotia has been plagued by problems all summer. Back in late June and early July, the Atlantic Vision was out of service after its’ steering mechanisms had problem

The impact on future tourism, as word of mouth spreads about the unreliability of the service, is hard to calculate.

Is this the price we pay for being the runt of the litter?

1 comment:

Jay L said...

Imagine if we had service comparable to BC.

The Argentia run would be daily, and year round, there would be a ferry from northern NB over to Corner Brook, and the Port Aux Basques run would have backup when a vessel needed maintenence.

Fresh food and perishable items would have priority over lawn chairs and coffee cups.