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
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
Thank you for your patience during this time. Please follow-us on Twitter
@Wolfeislander3 and @MTOferryglenora
This is a picture of one of two 75 car ferries in operation at Tadoussac-Baie-Sainte-Catherine that Mayor Doyle went to look at recently
According to MTO.... IT IS NOT GOING TO BE FOR SALE BUT USED WITHIN QUEBEC FERRY SYSTEM>>>
As of Now
The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) advises that Transport Canada has issued a Temporary Certificate valid until June 30, 2017, now allowing the Ministry to carry passengers on trips transporting defined dangerous goods. Following the regularly scheduled designated dangerous goods ferry trip on Thursday July 30, 2015, there will be no designated dangerous goods ferry trips for propane and gasoline highway tankers with a capacity of less than 20 000 Litres classified as; UN1075, LIQUIFIED PETROLEUM GASES, Class 2.1, UN1203, GASOLINE, Class 3, Packing Group II, or UN1978, PROPANE, Class 2.1. The federal Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act requires that dangerous goods tankers be transported one tanker at a time on any regularly scheduled ferry trip. This also applies to empty, but un-purged mobile units that previously carried the above noted dangerous goods on the return trip. Dangerous goods carriers will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.
NB- Absolutely NO SMOKING anywhere on the ferry