NL Ferry Needs Millions In Repairs

The Sound of Islay is a ferry that needs a lot of work.

MV Sound of Islay was the first ro-ro ferry on the west coast of Scotland. Built for Western Ferries in 1968, she served Islay and later Campbeltown – Red Bay. In 1981, she was sold to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Between May 2007 and January 2008, she underwent an extensive refit in Clarenville.

The provincial government is now wondering if it will be worth the $5-million repari price tag to fix the aging ferry.

The ship was taken out of service following a Transport Canada inspection in 2015 that outlined issued with the ships hull.

Sound of Islay has served various routes, including the Little Bay Islands in Notre Dame Bay and the St. Brendan's ferry.