The maritime service, traverse Matane—Baie-Comeau—Godbout will be interrupted from Tuesday.
The Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ) explains that the NM CTMA Voyageur, which has taken over a few days ago from NM Apollo to provide this service, must return to the Îles-de-la-Madeleine. The severe ice conditions that prevail in the Île-du-Prince-Édouard, make it difficult the supply of the Îles-de-la-Madeleine, in the goods of prime necessity, including food and propane gas.
Therefore, the NM CTMA Voyageur will have to leave Matane on Monday, after the crossings, and it is uncertain that he could return to it.
As to the return-to-service NM Apollo, it is planned, at the earliest, next Thursday, 7 march. The STQ will not be able to confirm Tuesday the exact date of the beginning of its service.
Last Monday, the NM Apollo was forced to stay in dock after striking the dock in Godbout. He was sent to Matane to be repaired and it’s still there.
The STQ has extended the air service up to Sunday next inclusive, regardless of the date of the return to service of the NM Apollo, to allow families to plan their trips for the week of school break. In addition, a device of large capacity can accommodate one hundred passengers will be assigned to the air link from the 7 march in order to meet the demand.
The NM Apollo, a ship that has been sailing since 1970, was purchased in January to replace the F. A.-Gauthier, who is in dry dock for several weeks and will remain for several more months. The NM Apollo was acquired for $ 2.1 million of the company’s Labrador Marine, a company in Lewisporte, Newfoundland-and-Labrador.
The ship was alright until recently the crossing of the strait of Belle Isle between Sainte-Barbe, Newfoundland and Blanc-Sablon, Quebec.