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More ferry woes in Quebec after replacement vessel hits a dock for second time


MONTREAL – The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is sending a team of investigators to the Gaspe peninsula after a ferry boat hit a dock while mooring in Matane, Que.

All ferries were cancelled Sunday due to the incident with the NM Apollo.

It’s the second time in as many months that the Apollo has collided with a dock, after a similar event occurred while mooring in Godbout in the Cote-Nord region on Feb. 25.

The vessel returned to service on March 9 after the province’s ferry management society investigated the incident and made repairs.

The NM Apollo was purchased in January at a cost of $2.1 million to replace a newer ferry, the F.-A.-Gauthier, which is expected to remain out of service for several months.

This nearly-new vessel had to be sent for repairs in late December after abnormal thruster vibrations were reported.

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