A discovery of deteriorated steel on passenger/cargo RoRo Gallipoli (IMO 8510946) meant that the ferry would be out of service longer than originally planned, and repair costs would be higher, according to Canada’s Department of Transportation & Works (DTW).
The ship was taken out of the Ramea-Grey River-Burgeo ferry service on September 5th 2017 for a 90-day scheduled refit at Burry’s Shipyard in Clarenville, Newfoundland, Canada.
The original contract was for work such as inspections, painting, steel repairs and other routine maintenance valued at C$1.57m, but when the vessel was placed in dry dock the additional problems were discovered. There was steel deterioration in the vessel’s stacks, bilge and tank areas, meaning that the vessel was not expected to return to service until April 2018, four months later than planned.
In the interim the smaller “Sound of Islay” will serve the roughly 450 residents of Ramea and Grey River. 1986-built, Canada-flagged, 611 gt Gallipoli is owned by Xerox Canada Finance Inc or Toronto, Canada, and managed by Newfoundland & Labrador of Lewisporte, NL, Canada. It is entered with Shipowners’ Mutual P&I Club on behalf of The Province Of Newfoundland & Labrador.