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The ferry F.-A.-Gauthier returned to Dry Dock

The ferry F.-A.-Gauthier returned to Dry Dock

Phrase F.- A- Gautier Most likely go to the dry sump again to solve the oil leak problem.

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The ferry company launched the call for bids to secure a dry berth from October 15 to December 15 in order to carry out the works.

The infamous ship is struggling with oil leaks from the gaskets of its thrusters, which were repaired during the last dry sump earlier this year.

Tests continue on the ship, but everything indicates that work out of the water will be necessary to solve the problem.

According to STQ’s Director of Communications, the work should take place over the course of three weeks.

“The goal is to solve this problem once and for all, so that the ship regains its long-term reliability level,” Alexandre Lavoie explained.

Since returning to service last April, the ship F.- A- Gautier It loses small amounts of oil, but can still navigate and service during peak season.

The ferry company plans to do this work this fall. but the sleep sarima 1 Available for pick-up at the Matane-Côte-Nord ferry and thus service.

“There will be no interruption in service, this was one of the conditions, there is no doubt that service will be cut off for the population,” added Alexandre Lavoye, director of communications at STQ.

The ferry company remains on the path and confirms that F.- A- Gautier It is the ship that will remain in place to provide the Matane-Côte-Nord service and that the work must be done.

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Mr. Lavoie emphasized that “the government said it in the spring: We have to go to the end of this ship, we have to fix it, and make it work properly for the next decades.”

Matane-Matapedia’s deputy, Pascal Pierobi, is angry at this entire saga and instead calls for a new ship. “I’m looking at the money that’s going to be spent in Quebec and Montreal, for Quebec, it’s $10 billion for the third link; with 200 million, we’ve got a basic insurance service for the next 40 years with a ferry made in Quebec that can be relied upon.”

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