Northern Adventure lives up to its name as 'issues' surface
Cindy E. Harnett, Times Colonist
Published: Saturday, April 28, 2007
Northern Adventure is turning out to be a fitting name for a ferry that, just 39 days after $18 million in refits to replace the sunken Queen of the North, will be high and dry again in May for more repairs.
"Some issues cropped up," said Deborah Marshall, B.C. Ferries' spokeswoman.
The route will be served by the Queen of Prince Rupert in the interim.
Northern Adventure's "issues" include a faulty electrical panel, a malfunctioning alarm system, non-functioning elevators and escalators, and toilets that "are not overflowing they're just not flowing as effectively as possible," Marshall said.
There's also grey water backing up, rainwater flooding outside decks, water seeping into the ventilation system, a new radar system from Germany has to be installed and a rail on the cradle for one of four supplementary lifeboats needs repair. Transport Canada will have to approve the new radar system.
The queen is dead, but her spirit lives on.
Almost a year after the B.C. Ferries flagship Queen of the North struck an island and sank in northern coastal waters, a replacement vessel was dedicated in Vancouver on Saturday.
The Northern Adventure - formerly the MV Sonia - is due to enter service on the province's two northern ferry routes in early April.
The ship was rechristened by Lt.-Gov. Iona Campagnolo.
She paid tribute to the crew and also to the people of Hartley Bay who rescued the 99 passengers and crew who fled the sinking Queen of the North when it sank last March 22.
"It is my happy duty to join you today to wish all who sail aboard the Northern Adventure from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert at first, and later from Prince Rupert to Haida Gwaii, Godspeed. Bravo Zulu," said Campagnolo, who began her political career in Prince Rupert.
VICTORIA - BC Ferries won't lift the Queen of the North, resting 400 metres below in Wright Sound, claiming it's too risky and there's likely little fuel left on board.
"It makes no sense to raise the vessel from its depths," BC Ferries' spokesman Mark Stefanson said late Thursday. "It will probably never be known how much, if any, diesel fuel is left on the vessel."
The capacity of the ferry's tanks is 220,000 litres of diesel plus 20,000 litres of light oil and 220 litres of hydraulic oil. There were also 16 vehicles aboard when it rammed into Gil Island in March 2006. The ferry sank near Hartley Bay, home to about 180 Gitga'at first nations.
VANCOUVER - A lawyer for B.C. Ferries says a lawsuit over last year's Queen of the North sinking should not be certified as a class action, arguing the surviving passengers' experiences are too diverse.
"This is clearly a class action searching for common issues," Gary Wharton told B.C. Supreme Court Justice David Tysoe at the certification hearing Tuesday.
Tysoe has to decide whether ferry passenger Maria Kotai can be the representative plaintiff for 53 passengers who escaped the Queen of the North after it ran aground and sank on a rainy night in March 2006.
CANADA'S Transportation Safety Board (TSB) has issued a “Board Concern” about cannabis use aboard ferries to vessel operator BC Ferries as part of its ongoing investigation into the sinking of the Queen of the North on 22 March this year with the loss of two lives.
I just hope that they don't really believe that the litigation will only go on for only a few months.
Aw Jason, you left out the juiciest quotes!
VANCOUVER -The Hartley Bay Indian Band, whose members rushed to rescue passengers of the Queen of the North in March, 2006, is suing BC Ferries for damage arising from the impact of pollution from the sunken vessel.
On Feb. 3, the National Transportation Safety Board issued a safety recommendation resulting from the Empress of the North grounding in 2007. The following is an excerpt from the NTSB's investigative report:
The navigating officer on the bridge the night a B.C. ferry ran aground on Gil Island nearly four years ago has been charged in connection with the deaths of two passengers.