Construction of the MV Legionnaire, the Newfoundland and Labrador’s newest 80-metre ice class ferry, is complete.
The vessel is docked in Romania and will enter service when enhancements to the wharves at Bell Island and Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s are concluded.
“Significant upgrades to infrastructure are required to prepare the wharves at Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s and Bell Island for the MV Legionnaire and this work is progressing. When the construction season begins again in earnest this spring, we will provide further updates on the anticipated timeline for entry into service for the vessel, said Al Hawkins, Minister of Transportation and Works.
While docked in Romania, the MV Legionnaire will undergo ongoing maintenance and checks by the shipbuilder, Damen Shipyards. Training and other measures required for the vessel to enter service will be completed during the period between its arrival in the province and when it enters service.
The MV Legionnaire will accommodate up to 200 passengers and 60 vehicles and will have increased capacity for operating in challenging ice conditions.