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by Margaret Knott
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August 28, 2015
Most Recent MTO Notice about the Wolfe IslanderIII

For immediate distribution:

Unfortunately, the Wolfe Islander III will not be returning to service the week
following Labour Day as currently planned. This is due to continuing delays with
the completion of the wheelhouse on the ferry.

At this time, we cannot give a specific date for a return to service. We are
continuing to closely monitor the work of the dry dock contractor, and will provide
an update on the return to service when we know the ferry is ready to sail.

We recognize that this is the third delay in the Wolfe Islander III's return to
service. The Ministry of Transportation knows that these delays are very difficult
for residents and businesses and apologizes for the impacts this further delay will
have on ferry users.

Dry docking is a federal requirement to ensure that the ferries and other vessels
are in safe working condition. Heddle Marine is the only dry-dock in Ontario large
enough to accommodate the Wolfe Islander III. The cyclical nature of the mandated
dry-docking means facilities are working at or beyond capacity with vessels of all
kinds.

We are working closely with Heddle Marine to have the wheelhouse complete and return
the Wolfe Islander III to service as soon as possible.

The wheelhouse on the Wolfe Islander III has not been replaced or significantly
rehabilitated since the ferry was built in 1975. Some elements of the wheelhouse
have been repaired a number of times and have reached the end of their useful life.
The wheelhouse is very cramped and does not have appropriate room for modern
navigational and other technologies we use today. We need to ensure the space is
safe and efficient for the Captains and crew who are responsible for the operation
of the ferry. This important work requires many skilled trades .

Until the Wolfe Islander III returns to service, the Frontenac II will continue to
provide service from Kingston to Dawson Point. The bus shuttle from Dawson Point to
Marysville will also continue. The Quinte Loyalist will remain in service at Amherst
Island. The 30 minute single vessel service will continue at MTO's Glenora
operation.

Thank you for your patience during this time. Please follow-us on Twitter
@Wolfeislander3 and @MTOferryglenora

Posted by M Knott at August 28, 2015 12:03 PM