Apollo to resume service Thursday

Published on February 15, 2017

The MV Apollo sits at the dock in St. Barbe during a crossing delay on Dec 29.

©Stephen Roberts photo

With bad weather in the Strait of Belle Isle on Valentine’s Day, the Apollo service between St. Barbe and Blanc Sablon was cancelled.

"I received a call from Ice Operations last night and was told the Terry Fox was called away due to an emergency situation," said Dave Leyden of Labrador Marine. "This would be expected if there was another vessel in distress. Without icebreaker assistance the Apollo can’t operate due to current ice conditions."

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans confirmed the need to move the Terry Fox.

“That same day, the CCGS Terry Fox was assigned to assist the CCGS Henry Larsen with icebreaking for two tugboats that were experiencing difficulties in severe ice and wind conditions while attempting to transit from Fleur de Lys to Bay Verte,” said Michele Boriel of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

Some social media reports said there was a Search and Rescue Operation in the area, but DFO refuted that claim.

The Terry Fox is en route back to the Strait of Belle Isle.

“Icebreaking services should commence again tomorrow (February 16), weather-permitting,” said Boriel.

The Apollo is also expected to be back on the Straits tomorrow, with a scheduled departure from St. Barbe at 8 a.m.

For information on the departure times for the MV Apollo, visit www.labradormarine.com.