Ferry suffers engine room fire off Prince Edward Island, with more than 180 passengers on board

Ferry Holiday Island (IMO 7041431) caught fire and was intentionally grounded last Friday morning July 22nd during a voyage from Nova Scotia to Prince Edward Island in Canada.

Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Halifax in Nova Scotia said that it received a distress call at 11:17 local time stating that the Northumberland Ferry was experiencing a fire in the engine room and subsequently ran aground. There were about 200 passengers and crew on board in total.

A Search and Rescue aircraft from 14 Wing Greenwood and Canadian Coast Guard vessels arrived promptly and disembarked 182 passengers. The 18 crew remained on board with seven local firefighters. No injuries were reported.

A statement from Northumberland Ferries confirmed that the Holiday Island experienced an engine room fire and was intentionally grounded just after 11 a.m. during its scheduled 10 a.m. crossing from Caribou, Nova Scotia to Wood Island, Prince Edward Island Province.

Don Cormier, Vice President for Northumberland Ferries, said that “ship’s crew and safety systems contained the fire. Captain took necessary precautions and dropped both anchors and directed the ship onto a soft shoal outside the harbour entrance to Wood Islands. There are no reported injuries to customers or crew”.

Northumberland Ferries on Thursday tweeted that the Holiday Island was experiencing unspecified technical issues that nearly forced the cancellation of two sailings from Caribou on Thursday. “The MV Holiday Island is having technical issues which will result in the 10am departure from Caribou, Nova Scotia, and the 11:45am departure from Wood Islands P.E.I. being cancelled,” Northumberland Ferries wrote early Thursday morning. An update post an hour later said the technical issues had been resolved and that the ferry was running approximately one hour behind schedule. The update added that the vessel will “operate the remainder of the day on a load-and-go basis until back on schedule. As of July 23rd the vessel was at anchor off Wood Islands, PEI Province, Canada.

1971-built, Canada-flagged, 3,037 gt Holiday Island is owned by Canada Govt Transport of Ottawa, Canada. It is managed by Northumberland Ferries Ltd of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. It is entered with Standard Club on behalf of the Canadian Ministry of Transport.