Interest in Straitsman

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Québec’s CTMA has confirmed an interest in acquiring the STRAITSMAN from New Zealand operator Bluebridge.  The 2005 ro-pax will soon leave the service, after being replaced in the fleet by the CONNEMARA, acquired from Stena RoRo.

CTMA would purchase the STRAITSMAN to replace the back-up vessel C.T.M.A. VACANCIER, originally the AURELLA of 1973.

Meanwhile, appearing in front of a Scottish Government committee, Stuart Garrett, Managing Director of Northlink Ferries indicated that industry reports of CMAL visiting the vessel were also correct.  If CMAL was to purchase the vessel for use by Northlink, it would operate on services to Orkney and Shetland to boost passenger and freight capacity.

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CTMA Says Goodbye to MADELEINE

CTMA has announced that the veteran ferry MADELEINE (MarineTraffic) will be ‘dismantled’. She’s the former LEINSTER (1981).

In the meanwhile, a crew has arrived in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to bring the recently acquired ferry VILLA DE TEROR to Canada.

RFI’s New Ferry IGINIA Almost Completed

The trainferry IGINIA commissioned by Rete Ferroviaria Italiana is being completed by the temporary association of companies composed by T. Mariotti and San Giorgio del Porto shipyards in Genoa.

The vessel is a one-way roro intended for the transport of railway carriages and wagons, passengers, wheeled vehicles for connections in the Strait of Messina.

The construction works started in 2019, after the technical launch took place in San Giorgio di Nogaro in September 2020 with subsequent transfer to Genoa. The ship has just completed a phase of activities in dry-dock that will see it return in a few months for the completion of works.

Later this year she will join her sister ship MESSINA and the rest of RFI’s fleet deployed in the Strait of Messina.

CTMA: A Season that Went Well Despite the Pandemic

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CTMA says in a French press release it is pleased with the smooth operation of the tourist season, despite the pandemic.

CTMA Ferry provides regular ferry service between Souris, Prince Edward Island and the Îles de la Madeleine.

Nearly 19,000 visitors, excluding residents of the Îles de la Madeleine, accessed the archipelago via the ferry, while public health authorities set the visitor limit at 35,000 during the peak season.

In addition, the ferry MADELEINE (former LEINSTER, 1981) made 117 crossings compared to 170 last year.

Normally, the CTMA Ferry makes annually about 300 trips, carrying a total of more than 100,000 passengers and 41,000 vehicles.

CTMA Replacement Ship To Be Built In Canada

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Canada’s federal Minister of Transport Marc Garneau announced the intention to order two new ferries.
When built, the first ferry will operate the CTMA route between Îles de la Madeleine and Prince Edward Island, as replacement for the MADELEINE.

The second is for the Wood Island (Prince Edward Island) to Caribou (Nova Scotia) service, operated by Northumberland Ferries.
She will replace the HOLIDAY ISLAND.
At this moment the message is mainly a political declaration. The Minister said the vessels would be built locally, at the Davie shipyard. No budget has been released, and no contract has been signed (yet).
Other yards have 14 days to react.

The Minister said it would take another five years before delivery. The vessels will be ordered and owned by the Federal Government, and operated by CTMA and Northumberland Ferries.



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Ordering A New Ferry For Canadian CTMA: Not A Piece Of Cake

CTMA badly needs a new ferry to replace the 1973-built CTMA VACANCIER.

In December the Prime Minister promised a new ferry. The newbuilding would largely benefit local companies. Davie Shipyard is the largest Québec-based shipyard.

The suppliers of the Davie Shipyard are united in a group, the AFCDC (l’Association des fournisseurs du Chantier Davie Canada) and they are not happy with the state of affairs with the Governement of Québec. The latter has promised to subsidize the new ferry for CTMA, if 30% of the ferry is related to supplying companies from Québec.

AFCDC’s president Pierre Drapeau says that 30% is not enough to guarantee that the ferry will be built at the Davie Shipyard. He says that several foreign shipyards are also in the running, and says it is difficult to compete with yards using cheap labour etc.

On August 17 Davie Shipyard submitted an offer for the new ferry, “with no risks and totally privately-funded.” The yard says that nothing has to be paid until the ship is ready and built according to the specifications. The yard adds that 70% of the cost involves local companies and that the ferry has a competitive price.

It is now up to the Government from Québec and CTMA to take a decision.

CTMA Project To Replace The Veteran Ferries Is Still Not Progressed Far

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C.T.M.A. is the shipping operator serving the Iles de la Madeleine archipelago in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada. The company has two ferries, the 1973-built CTMA VACANCIER and the 1972-built CTMA VOYAGEUR.

In May Minister Philippe Couillard promised financial support from the Government, for the construction of a new ferry.

In an interview with ICI Radio Canada, Mr Germain Chevarie, Member of Parliament for Îles-de-la-Madeleine, says CAD 50 million will be invested by the Québec Government, but the total cost of the project is unknown.