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.
A question that I hope someone in this quiet forum might know:
I have in-laws that traveled the North Sydney -> Argentia crossing in the summer of 2008. However, they have no idea which ferry they traveled on. It can't have been the Atlantic Vision, as it was not put into service until 2009. Somewhere I saw that the Smallwood ran that route at one point, but I'd have thought that it would have shared the Port aux Basques crossing with the Caribou.
So if anyone remembers that time, or can find a link to Marine Atlantic's schedule that year, you could help settle an unanswered question. Thanks!
Very nice looking vessel. And big... 203 metres. The Spirits are 167.
The Sydney to Port aux Basques route must be extremely expensive to operate. The fares are only about $160 one way for car and driver, which is far cheaper than BC Ferries when you consider length and duration. The vessels on the route only do two sailings a day: six to seven hours, sitting at dock for five to six hours, and then returning. Must be prohibitively expensive for crewing. I'd be interested to see the annual subsidy.