July 16, 1997
(Works, Services and Transportation)
The following is being distributed at the request of Marine
Sir Robert Bond resumes service
Marine Atlantic's MV Sir Robert Bond departed Goose Bay early
this morning (Wednesday), following a delay of nearly 60 hours
caused by hydraulic problems with steering gear.
The difficulty proved extremely challenging, and required over
two days strenuous effort including replacement of numerous parts
and draining and replacement of hydraulic fluid before a
satisfactory result was achieved.
The ship sailed at 0300 today, and is expected to arrive at
Cartwright early this afternoon. She should dock at Lewisporte
late Thursday afternoon, and sail that evening on the return trip
to Goose Bay.
"We will attempt to get the ship back on schedule over
the next week or so, by keeping port time as short as
possible," says John Baker, general manager of coastal
services. "In this way we hope to keep inconvenience to our
customers to a minimum."
The Sir Robert Bond's schedule will remain somewhat flexible
over the next few sailings, in order to take advantage of every
opportunity to regain lost time. Passengers are urged to keep in
close touch with Marine Atlantic, to ensure that they have the
latest sailing information.
Contact: Ted Bartlett, Director Public Relations, (506)
851-3611; or (709) 772-5731.