January 21, 2013

Mechanical issue knocks Peaks Island car ferry out of service

Casco Bay Lines says that a supplemental barge service will run from East End Beach while the ferry is offline.

By Randy Billings rbillings@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

PORTLAND – The car ferry to Peaks Island is being taken out of service Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning because of a mechanical failure.

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In this 2008 file photo, the Casco Bay Lines ferry Machigonne ll. The car ferry to Peaks Island is being taken out of service Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning because of a mechanical failure.

Casco Bay Lines said in a Facebook post Monday afternoon Lionel Plante Associates will be providing a supplemental barge service while the Machigonne is being repaired.

Peaks Island departures will take place from the Forest City Landing, while Portland departures will take place from East End Beach.

Casco Bay Lines said in its posting that trips may be affected into Tuesday afternoon.

Nicholas Mavodones, the company's operations manager, said an electrical switch malfunctioned on the boat. That part needed to be ordered and should be delivered by 10 a.m. Tuesday, he said.

Mavodones said the barge is roughly the same size as the car ferry, which holds 12 vehicles. Passenger service to Peaks Island will still run through the Commercial Street terminal.

Below are the departure times and locations for car-ferry passengers posted on the district's Facebook page:

Monday:

• 5 p.m. from Peaks Island

• 5:30 from Portland's East End Beach

 

Tuesday:

• 7:15 a.m. from Peaks Island

• 7:45 a.m. from Portland's East End Beach

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