SAAREMAA Will Join The STQ Fleet As Reserve Vessel

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Canadian Société des Traversiers du Québec (STQ) is in the final stage of acquiring double-ended ferry SAAREMAA.
The ferry, which still is in Germany, will be used as a reserve vessel for the route Matane–Baie-Comeau–Godbout.
She is expected in Québec in May, to start operations in July.

LNG ferry F.A.-GAUTHIER is out of service since mid-December, with two broken azimuth propellers. She is still being repaired at the Davie shipyard. The absence of this modern ferry on the lifeline routes has caused a lot of problems. She is expected to return at the end of August.

Government ‘Temporarily’ Buys CAD $2.1 Million Ferry To Ensure Travel In Eastern Quebec

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Quebec’s provincial ferry service Société des Traversiers du Québec (STQ) has added the CAD $2.1-million veteran ferry APOLLO to its fleet, to replace the modern ferry F.A. GAUTHIER that usually plies the Matane—Baie-Comeau—Godbout route in eastern Quebec.

The 2015- Fincantieri-built F.A. GAUTHIER was docked on 17 December, after a routine inspection revealed a mechanical problem with its propeller system.

François Chartrand, STQ’s interim president and CEO, said he will seek reimbursement from the Italian shipbuilders.

New LNG Ferry For Société Des Traversiers Du Québec

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Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ) has taken delivery of double-ended ferry ARMAND-IMBEAU II. Built by Davie Shipbuilding, ARMAND IMBEAU II is able to operate entirely on LNG. She has icebreaking capability, necessary for year-round operations on the Saint Lawrence River, more specifically the busy Tadoussac–Baie-Sainte-Catherine link near Québec. She’s entering service in October. A sister vessel, JOS-DESCHÊNES II, is expected in autumn.