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Vehicles begin to be removed from MV Holiday Island; ferry service canceled for Monday

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Ferry service between P.E.I. and Nova Scotia will be canceled for another day as Northumberland Ferries continues to deal with the aftermath of the MV Holiday Island fire.

The company told customers by text around noon on Sunday that service would not resume on Monday. It now aims to resume travel between Caribou, Nova Scotia, and Wood Islands, Prince Edward Island, with the MV Confederation beginning Tuesday morning.

Northumberland Ferries says the cancellation is due to “ongoing recovery efforts and customer service” related to the MV Holiday Island, which had to be evacuated two days ago due to a fire.

Tugboats managed to tow the vessel to a berth in Wood Islands harbor on Sunday morning after the company’s plan to do so was approved by the Canadian Coast Guard on Saturday evening.

Passenger vehicles removed from the vessel

The Holiday Island MV airs on Sundays. The vessel was towed to port early in the morning. (Radio Canada/Tony Davis)

On Sunday afternoon, passenger vehicles could be seen exiting the ferry, although no update was provided as to their exact condition or the status of personal effects left behind by passengers.

Eighty-three vehicles were on the ship. Northumberland Ferries said on Saturday all pets had been rescued and there were no livestock or dangerous cargo on board.

More than 200 passengers and staff were evacuated from the ship as it headed for Wood Islands on Friday, with no major injuries reported.

Some of the passengers were waiting at the port of Wood Islands on Sunday to check their vehicles.

The company said in a statement that the fire, which started in the ship’s engine room, appears to have been extinguished since Saturday afternoon. But there will now be a process to check if it’s completely out through the ship.

On Saturday, the company said it believed the fire was contained to the ship’s engine room and funnels.

Northumberland Ferries said it will also check the stability and structural integrity of the ship, remove the water and also put in place environmental protection measures.

A protective barrier has been placed around the ship in case fuel or oil leaks.

Two tugs towed the ship, a third serving as reinforcement. (Radio Canada/Tony Davis)

“We understand the importance of returning vehicles to our customers and it is a priority,” Vice President Don Cormier said in the statement. “But we ask customers not to return to the terminal until instructed to do so.

“We will continue to communicate separately and directly with our customers regarding all of the above.”

Two tugs secured the ship alongside with a third as reinforcement. The plan started at 6 a.m. and was finished at 8:30 a.m.

Northumberland Ferries said it would give a further update on Monday regarding the resumption of service.