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Transportation and Works
April 8, 2011

Public Advisory: Update on MV Apollo Service

The Department of Transportation and Works advises the public that due to heavy ice conditions, along with a damaged propeller on the MV Apollo, passengers and shippers should expect delays and service disruptions on the Strait of Belle Isle service.

Earlier this week, the vessel sustained damage to one of its two propellers when a rope became entangled in it. This has necessitated the operation of the vessel on one propeller. Poor ice conditions also continue to be a major challenge affecting service.

Operator of the MV Apollo Labrador Marine Inc. (LMI) is working on a plan to repair the damaged propeller. This will require the vessel to come out of service for a period of three to five days. The department and LMI are developing a contingency plan to allow continued movement of people and goods while the MV Apollo is out of service. Details are still being worked out and will be announced when finalized. The MV Apollo will remain on the Strait of Belle Isle service until such time as repairs can be accommodated.

For reservations or information on crossing times contact Labrador Marine Inc. at 1-866-535-2567 within the province or 1-709-535-0810 outside the province.

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Media contact:
Roger Scaplen
Director of Communications
Department of Transportation and Works
709-729-3015, 697-5267

2011 04 08                                                                              2:10 p.m.

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