Bay Ferries CEO Not Concerned Over Reduced Schedule For The CAT

Posted on Monday, July 17, 2017 13:02 PM

The CEO of Bay Ferries isn't worried about a modified schedule for the CAT ferry service between Yarmouth and Portland.

Last week, the company announced a reduced schedule due to a problem with the vessel's starboard outer main engine.

The CAT will make five round trips per week until Labour Day.

Mark MacDonald says advance bookings were strong coming into the sailing season.

While he says it's unfortunate the problem has occurred, they've been having a great year.

"We're grateful that the engine manufacturer is stepping up and looking after the cost side of it. From our point of view otherwise, we're selling hard, and full speed ahead with a slightly reduced schedule."

MacDonald says the engine can't be fixed during this year's sailing season.

"Engineers were trying to figure out if there was any way to immediately repair it. They came to the conclusion that it couldn't be. So we have a more complex repair to do at the end of the season when the ship would normally be laid up. It will be full speed ahead for next year."

MacDonald says they are having a great season, and it's onward and upward.