Lack of communication adds to Fogo ferry frustration

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Transportation committee wants a better system

By Christy Janes - The Compass

  NEWFOUNDLAND - Maureen Lynch of the Fogo Island Transportation committee said there is a lot of frustration on Fogo Island today as the new ferry, M.V. Veteran is out of service due to mechanical issues and the much smaller M.V. Norcon Galatea is making the run.

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“No one knew until late yesterday that the vessel had broken down,” Lynch told TC Media. “The recording (at the ferry information line) was saying the ferry wasn’t running because of gale force winds, but the winds were subsided and everyone was left wondering where the ferry was.”

She said that communications are getting worse and people depend on the recording for the most up-to-date information about the ferry service.

Lynch, herself, kept calling the information number and finally decided to call the terminal at Lewisporte to try to find out the cause of the ferry delay.

She then received an email about the breakdown.

“We have people here on the island on Christmas holidays that had to reschedule flights to get home,” she said.

Lynch said part of the deal with the new ferry was that the M.V. Winsor would still be used as back up in case of problems, but that vessel is tied up in Lewisporte and the Department of Transportation and Works sent the Galatea.

“It took 17 cars on the first load this morning and left 72 behind,” she said. “It can’t take tractor trailers so here we have had no ferry since mid-Monday and waiting on supplies to get here and no way to get them in and then to send a boat that can’t even accommodate them — it doesn’t make sense.”

Lynch wants to see the information line recording improved.

“It doesn’t cost anything to put the communications in place. Dollars have always been an issue, but communications doesn’t cost anything and people need to know what’s going on.”

Organizations: TC Media, Department of Transportation and Works

Geographic location: Lewisporte

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