The Northern Ranger has resumed its regular schedule.
Gary Latimer, General Manager of Nunatsiavut Marine Inc. (NMI), operators of the freight and passenger vessel, announced on September 10, 2017 that the repairs were successfully completed on the number two engine.
The engine developed a cooling water problem at the end of August.
This lengthened travel time because the vessel had to operate on one engine at a reduced speed.
NMI compensated by shortening port stops and operating on a load-and-go basis.
“NMI understands that the marine service is a lifeline for people who live on the north and south coasts, most of whom don’t have road connections” says Latimer.
“Any problem that interferes with the delivery of freight or transportation of passengers poses a major challenge for residents. We want to thank people for their patience while we carried out the repairs.”
The Northern Ranger was launched in 1986.
“It is an older vessel.” Says Latimer, “but we have a robust preventative maintenance plan. Our staff works hard to keep the vessel performing effectively and safely. This is the first delay because of mechanical problems in three seasons. This was a complex problem, and we were able to keep the vessel in service while we worked on repairs.”