Post by Starsteward on Mar 12, 2015 11:26:09 GMT -8
Very interesting photos of the Marine Atlantic vessels safely docked in North Sydney. The ice conditions that ferry operators have to contend with in that part of the world no doubt lead to the lengthy crossings or strandings mentioned by 'ghYHZ'. The Marine Atlantic fleet is looking very sharp with their new ships and one feels the beckoning of a trip down East (during the Summer)to see the great vistas of the Maritime Provinces.
The C.T.M.A.'Vancancier' with its lifeboat style and location on the vessel would lead one to believe that she is of a 1970's vintage? Have to do some research on her.
Amusing to read that the 1991 built Leif Ericson is described as an "aging ship", maybe in need of replacement.
In BC, Alaska, and Washington, that vintage barely qualifies a boat for a 'mid-life extension'. Those east coasters are so extravagant.
Operating in a harsher environment in Atlantic Canada, especially winter conditions, no doubt age vessels at a quicker pace than what vessels that operate on the west coast of North America. It may be that given hull wear and tear on ferries in Atlantic Canada, 'MLU's' are deemed to be too expensive. We have an example of what is turning out to be a very expensive 'make-over' of a vessel that has been no where near the rigors of winter conditions of the east coast.