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Various STQ news

Delivery of Armand-Imbeau II

MS Armand-Imbeau II was delivered two weeks ago to Tadoussac―Baie-Sainte-Catherine. The LNG-powered vessel was manufactured at Davie in Lévis. Jos-Deschênes II, her sister, is expected some time soon. The delivery of both ships is two years late.


New departure

A pilot project has been set up at the Entry Island―Cap-aux-Meules. A new departure, with reservation only, is now offered on Friday, around lunch time.


Both pictures taken from the STQ website.

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Since December 18th, Transportation Canada force-docked MV F. A. Gauthier. She was tugged to Davie shibuilding in Lévis on Jan. 13th, for the inspection of her faulty azimutal propelling system.

MV CTMA Vacancier is currently relieving on Matane―Baie-Comeau/Godbout, but is needed to relieve Souris, PE―Cap-aux-Meules, QC on Feb. 1st.

STQ is negociating with Labrador Marine to acquire the 48-year-old, underused, underutilized and soon-to-be-replaced MV Appolo , currently linking St. Barbe, NL to Blanc-Sablon, QC.

EDIT : They just bought it. 

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MV Apollo entered service today in Matane.

STQ is to sell MV Apollo once it acquires MV Saaremaa as a relief for NM F. A. Gauthier, and other high-volume routes.

Ironically, MV Saaremaa is a sister to Qajaq W, who replaced MV Apollo between Newfoundland and Québec.

According to Radio-Canada, the only offer STQ received for the Apollo is a request of 2M$ to get rid of her...

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On 7/10/2017 at 8:41 PM, webfil said:

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...

Former Pointe-aux-Trembles―Rivière-des-Prairies mayoress and actual minister for the Montréal Metropolitan Area announced that the Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ) will undertake the ferry project linking Pointe-aux-Trembles (well, well...) to Old Montréal. 

Service terms, according to tender :

  • Mid-may to mid-october over the next three years
  • Operation between 6 AM and 10 PM
  • 30-minutes frequency at rush hour, 60-minutes off-peak
  • Ships with seating for 100, and accommodation for 30 bicycles
  • Shelters and terminals to be provided by the STQ
  • Fares determined by the ARTM, likely between 3.25$ and 4.25$ as it operates between exo zones 1 and 3, concurrently with STM services
  • Likely to link Saint-Jean-Baptiste/Notre-Dame (STM 86, 189, 410 ― exo L'Assomption 300) to Jacques-Cartier pier (STM 715 + 10 min walk from Champ-de-Mars)

This is the Exporateur shuttle provided by Navark for last pilot project, according to Radio-Canada ― too small for the tender requirements.

Plusieurs sièges sont disponibles à l'intérieur de la navette.

Navark is a highly potential operator, with 7 semi-subsidized shuttles operating during summer in the Greater Montréal area.

carte du réseau de navettes fluviales dans l'archipel de Montréal

Just wishing you guys luck, as the STQ services are a real cluster?!@#$ down here!

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The Matane―Côte-Nord black streak goes on and on and on...

M.V. Apollo was retired today, by order of the Transportation Safety Bureau, after having hit both Godbout and Matane loading ramps in two weeks of service. The damage was considerable, but the general condition of the ship was declared beyond navigability by the TSB mandarins : security is compromised by a good amount of electrical, mechanical and structural failures.

Labrador Marine is under investigation; such a ship would never have set sail if the TSB has been notified of such a state, even before the sale to the STQ.


Plane service is expected to begin soon, but that's another puzzle.

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The Saaremaa, renamed MV Saaremaa I entered service in Matane yesterday morning, bringing a closure to the peculiar ferry service gap, filled with planes and unadequate boats. The STQ has chartered (really cheap) flights between Mont-Joli (YYY), Baie-Comeau―Pointe-Lebel (YBC) and Sept-Îles (YZV) with either Q100's and Q400's until July 31st, after what only the sea route will remain.

For the moment, it appears that the STQ just slapped their logo on the sides of the ship, but I heard they also made some changes to the interior and signage ― which was not on par with Transport Canada rules. The return of MV F.-A.-Gauthier is expected by the end of 2019. Saaremaa will then be kept as a relief vessel for this and the other high sea or high volume routes, such as Rivière-du-Loup―Saint-Siméon or Tadoussac―Baie-Sainte-Catherine.

I captured its first departure on my way to work, with a belevedere telescope.



Other STQ news :

  • VCA L'Esprit-de-Pakuashipi is out of service for an indefinite time, due to mechanical problems
  • Québec-Lévis route schedule was dumped due to excess ridership (Schadenfreude!). Vessels just leave when full.
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Radio-Canada's The Fifth Estate equivalent, Enquête, has released major info about quality control failures of the F.-A.-Gauthier. René Lebrun, naval architecture technician, and Martin Saint-Pierre, captain of the Camille-Marcoux were sent to Italy to survey the quality of the building process. They were both fired for insubordination Lebrun refused to take a medical leave (even though his and STQ's doctors advised against the need for such a rest), and Saint-Pierre used the executive bathroom instead of the squat latrine he was entitled to.

They say that their firings are related to them repeatedly reporting major vices all along the construction : rusty materials such as vent conducts, badly welded main bridge, water infiltration causing materials to rot, paint and sanding problems, bad parts alignment, invisible on-site quality control manager, ...

Radio-Canada's team tried to invoque the Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies to procure reports of the quality control process. The STQ refused to give many documents, and the ones they were given were so censored they were illegible and lacked the crucial parts.

STQ denies all of the allegations. Its president, although, told he was worried about the revelations, and that the events as reported by Enquête are not compatible with his vision of the Crown corporation.


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For the next two weekends, due to major construction works at the ramps at both Lévis and Québec terminal, the NM Vent des Îles (from AML) will operate the service from Chouinard Wharf in Quebec City and Paquet wharf in Lévis from 7am to 6pm, service will be hourly

Normal ferry service will be available outside those hours for pedestrians and bikes. Cars are banned from ferry until October 21

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