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Mooring line obstructed propeller
A mooring line of the "Saaremaa" got wrapped around the the propeller on May 22, 2019, around midday in Quebec. It had been sucked in by one of the thrusters. The obstruction could be removed by a diver a few hours later. The incident occurred while the "Saaremaa" changed its berth. The mooring fell into the water and was sucked in by the rear engine less than 48 hours after the arrival of the ship at the port of Quebec. The Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ) indicated that there was no apparent damage. Subsequent tests revealed that everything was in order. The upgrading work should begin soon and the ferry be flying the Canadian flag by the end of the week and start operating between Matane, Baie-Comeau and Godbout mid of July at the earliest to replace the "F.-A.-Gauthier", which is still undergoing repair work.
STQ has bought Saaremaa
The purchase of the "Saaremaa" has officially been concluded on April 18. The Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ) is now officially the owner of the ferry. STQ's acting president and CEO, Stéphane Lafaut, said he acquired the vessel at a cost of $ 39 million. The ship was expected in Quebec in mid-May. STQ hoped to put it into service in July. The ferry left the Mützelfeldt Yard in Cuxhaven on April 26 at 7.30 p.m. and was headed to Punta Delgada, ETA May 3.
Ferry under investigation after accident
Despite the accident of the "Saaremaa" the Société des transports du Québec (STQ) had targeted the ferry as a potential replacement on the Matane - Baie-Comeau / Godbout route. The Canadian Minister of Transport, François Bonnardel ensured that there will be a service in time for the tourist season on June 29 but remained vague about the future after the "Saaremaa" accident. François Bonnardel did not want to comment on the incident, since the ship did not yet belong to the STQ. According to the Cuxhaven Port Police, sailing conditions were difficult when the "Saaremaa" struck the "Curaçao Pearl" at the quay. The tide was high, it was windy and a new crew was in command. The "Saaremaa" was on the move to change berth at the port. The ship was now being inspected by a team of federal investigators from the German government. The damage will be assessed and the team will determine the seaworthiness of the "Saaremaa". The port police suspected a mistake by the captain, since he had little experience on this ship. On March 29 the ferry remained stationary at the Mützelfeldt Yard in Cuxhaven. The "Curaçao Pearl" which had suffered slight damage to its starboard stern above the waterline shifted from the Steubenhöft to berth 4 in the seaport of Cuxhaven on March 28 at 10.20 p.m. Reports with photos: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/ferry-follies-saaremaa-1.5074791 https://ca.news.yahoo.com/ferry-crash-germany-extends-bad-140443617.html https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1161090/traversier-matane-godbout-baie-comeau-juin-francois-bonnardel-stqNews schreiben