Monday, June 18, 2012

The sad state of shipping redux in Labrador

Well some things change yet; some things remain the same. Reading Nain Bay blog ; it appears the M.V. Northern Ranger is yet again having problems getting to sea.

Sometimes one wonders if the first Northern Ranger suffered these same maladies:

It seems the ship annually fails to deploy. Or if she does, problems arise and she gets stuck in route. According to her Wiki, she is a small coastal ferry:
Type:Ice-breaking coastal ferry
Tonnage:2,340 GT
Length:72 m (236 ft 3 in)
Beam:15.6 m (51 ft 2 in)
Draft:4.25 m (13 ft 11 in)
Speed:14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph)
Capacity:131 passengers

Naturally she is run by Woodard. A company that seems to walk hand in hand with sub-standard equipment and poor maintence. Quite differently then the sunny and paradoxic appraisal of  running history given here at this tourism site. I guess I can't fault them too much, they are trying to attract tourist. Though I doubt they would ever return if they actually ran the boat.

Worse news still. The Canadian Coast Guard is looking to decommission the CCGV Harp based out of St. Anthony currently. The rational given the ship is too slow/ they want to privatize bouy tending. This is bad news since the Harp routinely plies off Labrador. It seems the Maritime situation gets worse every day for Nunatsiavut

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