Northern Adventure will be delayed, says MLA Coons

  • Mar. 18, 2009 12:00 p.m.

NDP ferry critic and local MLA Gary Coons says the Queen of Prince Rupert won’t be leaving the Skidegate-Prince Rupert route as soon as BC Ferries had planned. The QPR was set to be decommissioned March 30 at a special ceremony in Prince Rupert, with the Northern Adventure taking over the northern routes the same day. But Mr. Coons said he has heard from reliable sources that the Northern Adventure was damaged over the winter when the vessel’s heat was mistakenly turned off while it was tied up. It will cost over $1-million to repair the damage, he said, and its return to service will be delayed for a month. BC Ferries was not available for comment before our deadline. Vice-president of communications Mark Stefanson told the Observer two weeks ago that there are no problems with the Northern Adventure and that it would definitely be returning to service at the end of March.