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Traverse Rimouski-Forestville's (wiki) cat-ferry was docked since June 21st due to motor problems.

The small private service across the broad Saint Lawrence had already been stopped before the end of the 2016 due to mechanical problems. Government of Québec had provided its builder, Chantier naval Matane, over 150,000$ for the boat's maintenance.

Wednesday this week, Transport Canada ordered the 20-year old craft to remain ashore when a passenger noticed the federal bureau of unusal odours and noises coming from under the aluminium vessel. The high-speed ferry is now back in operation since this morning, just in time for the high season.

Two other ferries (NM L'Héritage I from Compagnie de navigation des Basques and NM F.-A. Gauthier from STQ) operate in the greater Rimouski surroundings.


Source : L'Avantage http://www.lavantage.qc.ca/actualites/2017/6/23/cnm-evolution---les-traversees-ont-repris-apres-des-essais-en-me.html

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News are not good for the Saint Lawrence crossings, and their repeated propulsion system failures. CNM Evolution once again remained ashore in Rimouski-Est last Friday, as a motor failed a second time in two weeks. Transport Canada threatened forbidding the craft from operating the link to Forestville until serious repairs are made, but it was deemed safe to cross the estuary.


On another note, the long-awaited seabus trial between Ponte-aux-Trembles―Rivière-des-Prairies (eastern tip of Montréal island) and the old port in downtown Montréal was a success. A little less than 1000 passengers rode the 25 minutes cruise to work on the three days the shuttle ran. Project is still under study (and always was, as far as I can remember, being born and raised east of Montréal).

2017 : http://beta.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1043266/interet-navette-fluviale-est-vieux-montreal

2016 : http://beta.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/790978/navette-bateau-pointe-aux-trembles-fluviale-vieux-montreal

2015 : http://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/montreal/201509/01/01-4897133-une-liaison-sur-le-fleuve-entre-pointe-aux-trembles-et-le-centre-ville.php

2014 : http://www.ledevoir.com/politique/montreal/412858/montreal-des-bateaux-taxis-pour-aller-au-centre-ville 

And so on...


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Return of a Gaspé/Anticosti service?

Premier Philippe Couillard stated this week he will forward the task of studying the project to his Sustainable mobility minister Laurent Lessard .

The Rivière-au-Renard Development Corporation, established in 2007, is leading the project for the return of a ferry to Anticosti. The team refined its project from 2007 to 2014, where it submitted it to the government. Administrator Jacques Dufresne recalled that the first seasonal link between the Gaspé and Anticosti was a service of the Desgagnés Group. It was interrupted following the deluge in 1996.


John Pineault, mayor of L'Île-d'Anticosti, is also pushing for a Gaspé/Anticosti/Havre-Saint-Pierre ferry.


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CNM Évolution, an aluminium catamaran craft, was literally towed on the shore for its winter maintenance. Season 2017 was catastrophic for the reliability of the high-speed ferry and its owner is hoping to save 50k$ by not sending her to Gaspé drydock for the required repairs.



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