Two new ferries for Canadian islands

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Two new ferries for Canadian islands

Postby JK » Wed Apr 20, 2016 5:43 am

From Baird Maritime:

Damen Shipyards has started a project to build two new fast Ro-Pax ferries for the Collectivité de Saint Pierre et Miquelon in Canada.
The new vessels will operate on the 40-kilometre crossing between the Saint Pierre, and Miquelon Islands off Canada’s east coast and Fortune, Canada, once the pair is delivered at the end of 2017.
The Damen designed, 55-metre long, 11-metre wide Fast RoPax 5510 has capacity for 192 passengers and crew, three trucks or 18 cars, motorcycles and cargo.
The vessels are expected to cover the 40 kilometres from the French islands to Fortune in a little over an hour.
The pair will be operated by the Board of Maritime Transport. The customer hopes that the arrival of the ferries will make the islands more accessible, encouraging an increased level of tourism in the region.

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Re: Two new ferries for Canadian islands

Postby D Winsor » Wed Apr 20, 2016 7:10 am

I think the title of the post should read "Two new ferries for French Islands"
You have to pass through Canada to get to St. Pierre & Miquelon in most cases and the residents sound more like Newfoundlanders when they speak English, but they are owned by France and governed from Paris :?
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Re: Two new ferries for Canadian islands

Postby JollyJack » Fri Apr 22, 2016 8:24 am

And they actually speak French! There have been times that Quebec schools have sent kids to the islands to learn how to speak French. :)
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