NS-PEI Ferry anchored after steering problem, passengers stuck offshore – Halifax

A ferry between Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island is anchored between the two berths after a steering problem Sunday morning.

Crew and passengers are on board the anchored vessel and are waiting for tidal conditions to improve, Northumberland Ferries Ltd said.

The MV Confederation left Caribou, Nova Scotia at 8:30 a.m. en route to Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island when the problem occurred.

“The captain took the necessary precautionary measures to stop the vessel and dropped both anchors. The steering is fully functional again, but due to the tidal conditions, where the vessel is resting and difficulties in retrieving the anchor, the vessel is currently unable to return to the berth,” said said Northumberland Ferries in a press release.

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Conditions should improve late Sunday afternoon or early evening.

The company noted that there were no injuries among the 217 passengers and 26 crew members, no damage to the vessel and no risk of pollution.

“We recognize the inconvenience this causes and are doing everything we can to bring the Confederacy and all passengers safely ashore,” the statement said.

The remaining departures for MV Confederation have been canceled for Sunday, as well as a 7 a.m. trip on Monday.

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The MV Confederation is one of two ferries operating between Caribou and Wood Islands.

On July 22, a fire on the MV Holiday Island took that ship out of service. The fire in her engine room forced an emergency evacuation involving approximately 230 passengers.

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The following week, Northumberland Ferries announced that travel would resume between Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island using the MV Confederation.

Holiday Island’s replacement, MV Saaremaa 1, was commissioned two weeks ago.

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