Oct. 6, 2009
DEER ISLAND (CNB) - Both provincial ferries operating between L'Etete and Deer Island will undergo regularly scheduled maintenance this month. Transportation Minister Denis Landry made the announcement today.
"Each year during the spring and fall, my department undertakes a comprehensive inspection of these vessels to ensure each operates safely and efficiently," said Landry. "This work is part of our ongoing efforts to deliver a safe and reliable transportation network throughout New Brunswick."
Maintenance on the Deer Island Princess ferry began Oct. 4 and is scheduled to be completed Oct. 11. Maintenance on the John E. Rigby ferry is scheduled to run from Oct 18 to 25.
Landry noted that the Department of Transportation is taking steps to minimize the effect of the maintenance on motorists.
"While the Deer Island Princess ferry is off its run, an 18-car replacement vessel, the Island Hopper, will be brought in as an alternate vessel," said Landry. "The Island Hopper will also serve as a temporary replacement for the John E. Rigby ferry when it is out of service."
The Deer Island Princess ferry, built in 2001, has a 24-car capacity; the John E. Rigby ferry, built in 1976, has an 18-car capacity.
MEDIA CONTACT: Matthew Frye, communications, Department of Transportation 506-444-5838.