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Lack of Expertise, Poor Negotiating at Root of Quebec Ferry Fiasco, Auditor General Finds

“STQ (Société des traversiers du Québec)’s procurement of ropax F.-A.-GAUTHIER was doomed from the start because of a lack of in-house expertise and the lack of experience at the negotiating table,” says a “Report of the Auditor General of Québec to the National Assembly for 2020-2021, October 2020”


  1. STQ did not have all the expertise to successfully carry out the project to build a ship of the scale of the MV F.-A.-Gauthier and was unable to obtain the resources necessary to make up for that shortcoming.
  2. The process used to select the shipbuilder was not in line with naval industry practices.
  3. STQ was unable to capitalize on several areas of negotiation with the shipbuilder.
  4. The measures put in place by STQ to mitigate risks in the event of the interruption of an essential ferry service were insufficient.

Report of the Auditor General of Québec to the National Assembly: Full Report in French

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Report of the Auditor General of Québec to the National Assembly: Summary in English

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SAAREMAA Will Join The STQ Fleet As Reserve Vessel

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Canadian Société des Traversiers du Québec (STQ) is in the final stage of acquiring double-ended ferry SAAREMAA.
The ferry, which still is in Germany, will be used as a reserve vessel for the route Matane–Baie-Comeau–Godbout.
She is expected in Québec in May, to start operations in July.

LNG ferry F.A.-GAUTHIER is out of service since mid-December, with two broken azimuth propellers. She is still being repaired at the Davie shipyard. The absence of this modern ferry on the lifeline routes has caused a lot of problems. She is expected to return at the end of August.

Government ‘Temporarily’ Buys CAD $2.1 Million Ferry To Ensure Travel In Eastern Quebec

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Quebec’s provincial ferry service Société des Traversiers du Québec (STQ) has added the CAD $2.1-million veteran ferry APOLLO to its fleet, to replace the modern ferry F.A. GAUTHIER that usually plies the Matane—Baie-Comeau—Godbout route in eastern Quebec.

The 2015- Fincantieri-built F.A. GAUTHIER was docked on 17 December, after a routine inspection revealed a mechanical problem with its propeller system.

François Chartrand, STQ’s interim president and CEO, said he will seek reimbursement from the Italian shipbuilders.

New LNG Ferry For Société Des Traversiers Du Québec

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Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ) has taken delivery of double-ended ferry ARMAND-IMBEAU II. Built by Davie Shipbuilding, ARMAND IMBEAU II is able to operate entirely on LNG. She has icebreaking capability, necessary for year-round operations on the Saint Lawrence River, more specifically the busy Tadoussac–Baie-Sainte-Catherine link near Québec. She’s entering service in October. A sister vessel, JOS-DESCHÊNES II, is expected in autumn.