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Atlantic ferry carrying 209 passengers stuck in ice off Cape Breton

April 6, 2017

By Paul Homewood


h/t ES Stephens




From the “Arctic Heatwave Dept”, The Canadian Press reports:


ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—Marine Atlantic says its ferry MV Highlanders is stuck in thick ice off Cape Breton after leaving North Sydney, N.S., for Newfoundland.

Spokesman Darrell Mercer says there are 209 passengers onboard along with 85 commercial trucks and 65 vehicles.

He says it’s hoped the 200-metre-long vessel will soon be able to free itself or that a coast guard icebreaker can assist.

Mercer says ice conditions suddenly became worse as winds blew toward the coast.

The worst ice conditions in decades saw major disruptions in 2015, including some similar incidents.

Mercer says the ferry MV Blue Puttees is en route from Port aux Basques, N.L., and will also try to assist.

  1. John F. Hultquist permalink
    April 6, 2017 5:38 pm

    UPDATE ! {photo}

    “The ferry MV Highlanders, which spent last night stuck in ice off Cape Breton with 190 passengers aboard, has finally reached port in Newfoundland.

    The ship became stuck shortly after 8 p.m. Monday. The Canadian Coast Guard vessel Louis S. St-Laurent was on the scene Tuesday to keep the ferry moving.”

    It says “to keep” — that might be an alternative fact.

  2. Francis Bowkett permalink
    April 6, 2017 6:01 pm

    And in a it’s not only pack ice that is affecting Atlantic shipping:

    • waterside4 permalink
      April 7, 2017 7:58 pm

      Yeah, Mikey ‘Mann made global warming ‘ said it is all our fault. I must scrap my diesel car.

  3. AlecM permalink
    April 6, 2017 6:15 pm

    Let’s buy te Chinese replica of the Titanic in preparation for the new Little Ice Age!

  4. quaesoveritas permalink
    April 6, 2017 8:17 pm

    Will this be on the BBC news?

  5. April 6, 2017 9:32 pm

    Conditions are unusual but some analysis is called for IMO.

  6. April 7, 2017 6:50 am

    Reblogged this on ajmarciniak.

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