Ferry service between Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia delayed until at least Wednesday


Ferry service between Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia will not resume until at least Wednesday, officials from Northumberland Ferries Ltd. say.

Service has been suspended since Friday when a fire broke out on the MV Holiday Island. The boat is not expected to operate for the remainder of the season.

Some pipes have been compromised, allowing water to enter the ship, Don Cormier, vice president of Northumberland Ferries, said on Monday.

Dive crews are working to fix the piping.

The other ferry, the MV Confederation, will be able to resume service once the situation with Holiday Island is under control, Cormier said.

“We are aiming to resume service with MV Confederation on Wednesday.”

Don Cormier, vice president of Northumberland Ferries Ltd., says they are considering getting another ferry to replace the MV Holiday Island. (Steve Bruce/CBC)

Northumberland Ferries is seeking another ferry to replace Holiday Island, Cormier said. In the meantime, the Confederation will make four daily round trips.

It will depart from Wood Islands, PEI, at 7 a.m., 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. It will depart Caribou, NS, at 8:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 3:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

About 80% of the vehicles were recovered on Holiday Island, Cormier said. There does not appear to be any visible damage.

Bridge delays

Meanwhile, Confederation Bridge officials are advising travelers there may be delays on Tuesday.

Insight Productions will film on deck from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. The bridge will operate with only one lane of traffic during filming.

In a social media post, officials said that while it’s always exciting to see the Confederation Bridge and PEI. on TV, filming can cause traffic delays.