Category Archives: ferry

Nova Star out, Bay Ferries in.. return of an oldie?

So after eating 32million dollars, the Nova Star is out, and Bay Ferries is now negotiating a contract to take over the Portland to Yarmouth  ferry run.

This is Probably a good thing – Bay operates the Digby/Saint John run, as well as the Northumberland Ferries from Pictou to PEI. They also previously ran the CAT on this route, prior to its Cancellation.

They will need a Suitable boat, and one that is immediately available. The NovaStar will presumably be available, though if NovaStar Couldnt run it profitably, who knows if Bay Can. There is however a Ferry available Locally. The Princess of Acadia. Recently retired from the Digby/Saint John run, she is owned by the feds, but was previously operated by Bay. She is available, possibly for charter or Purchase, and a known commodity to Bay.

Princess of Acadia

The former Digby ferry princess of Acadia  moved from Saint Johns to the former coast guard base in Dartmouth Friday morning. bay ferries has painted out the logo, and returned the ship to the Federal Government.
No word on why she is here but she will likely be sold for scrap shortly.

NovaStar finds Winter Work

Word is the NovaStar has found winter work. She will reportedly be running between Kent England and Boulogne France- Basically crossing the English channel.

The NovaStar spent last winter in North Carolina – by laying up there, the ship could be layed up without heating.

More to Follow.

Harbour Taxi

the Kings wharf harbour taxi is now in service running between Kings Wharf in Dartmouth, and Sackville landing in Halifax. They also offer trips to the Arm, Mcnabs, and along the waterfront.

The vessel interior looks to be quite spacious. Expect an update after I have gone for a ride.

Dartmouth Ferry Christopher Stannix is Broken

Halifax Transit Issued a press release yesterday about ferry schedule changes “due to ongoing mechanical assessment of one of its vessels, the Christopher Stannix”

the release continues “Halifax Transit staff conducted an initial assessment of the issue earlier this week, and have determined that the vessel must be brought out of the water to conduct a complete evaluation. It’s anticipated that the vessel will be out of service for several weeks to accommodate this work”

Sounds like a problem with one of the Voith Drives. No word on where she will be dry docked.

BC Ferries

BC Ferries Dock in Horseshoe Bay.
Above, Outbound Queen of Coquitlam, Below, Tied up Queen of Capilano. Bottom, Inbound Queen of Surrey

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