Another tile for The Apollo

Autre tuile pour L'Apollo

MATANE – Nothing goes in the river transport service between Matane and the North Shore. While he was on his first official crossing to Godbout, NM Apollo collided with the dock a little after 11am on Monday, at the time of docking maneuvers. Her hull has a crack important.

“The boat has arrived a little faster than usual,” said a passenger, Michael Labrie-Bacon. It slowed quickly, but not suddenly seconds It hit, but not as a self that fits into a wall. There was no state of panic. The people aboard the boat thought we had hit the ice.”

The witness added that no alarm was heard. “The officers on the boat have never done a thing, says the citizen of Sept-Îles. There was no state of emergency. The landing was a little longer than expected. Usually, one does not wait too long before going out.”

The part of the damaged hull lifts up to become the door of the vehicle deck. However, Mr. Labrie-Bacon believes that the employees of the ferry may have had difficulty to open it, which might explain the delay before landing. “We have not been able to see it because we don’t have access to the vehicle deck as the door is not opened, said the passenger. When we went out, there was really nothing that announced that the boat was broken.”

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It was his father who lives in Godbout, who was informed of the incident. “My father told me that he had heard a “bang”, it was bumped and that the front of the boat was open,” reports Michael Labrie-Bacon. It is by returning to the places he found that the hull was torn apart.

It was the first crossing of the Apollo with passengers on board between Matane and Godbout. Previously, the vessel had made some tests of berthing after certain modifications had been made at the port of Godbout is because the Apollo is less wide than the F.-A.-Gauthier, of which it takes the relay.

“Fortunately, there were no injuries on board, reports the spokesperson for the Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ), Alexandre Lavoie. People have left quite normally the ship.”

Employees of the UTQ are already on the scene, while others are left Quebec city in the direction of Godbout in order to establish the extent of the damage, and to understand the circumstances of the incident. It is not excluded that there will be an investigation by the Office of transportation safety. “I don’t know,” says Mr. Lavoie. This is not impossible. The marine environment is regulated tightly enough.”

Monday night, the Apollo was taking his navigation to the port of Matane, escorted by a ship of the canadian coast Guard. A team from the STQ will evaluate the damage and undertake the necessary repairs so that he can return to sea. “It is still too early to assess the duration of its withdrawal from service”, the STQ by way of a press release.

The STQ will offer as early as Tuesday, an air service between airports in Mont-Joli, Baie-Comeau and Sept-Îles, at the same rates as for the pedestrians to the river link. Also, the NM CTMA Voyageur will be casting off from the port of Cap-aux-Meules to put you on the path to Matane “as soon as the conditions of navigation in the gulf of St. Lawrence, the will, can we read. It should be able to enter service towards the end of the week.”



Purchased at a cost of$ 2.1 million, the NM Apollo entered service on 14 February. Old age 49 years, the ship replaces the F.-A.-Gauthier has been delivered in 2015 at a cost of $ 175 million and that was in dry dock at the shipyard Davie at least until August, to the problems of the propellers. Purchased by the Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ) of Labrador Marine, which was considered an end-of-life, theApollo comes in addition to the CTMA Voyageur , which, itself, replaced the CTMA Vacancier , which was supposed to return to its home port of Cap-aux-Meules to ensure the connection between the Îles-de-la-Madeleine and Île-du-Prince-Édouard. In December, before the Holiday will not be in service between Matane and the North Shore, the STQ has offered an air connection between the two shores. However, as of the first day of service, December 21, the aircraft remained nailed to the ground in Baie-Comeau smelter due to a broken propeller.

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