Chi-Cheemaun sails this Friday

SOUTH BAYMOUTH–Lake Huron/Georgian Bay water levels have increased to the minimum required for the MS Chi-Cheemaun to dock safely against the dock fenders at the Tobermory and South Baymouth ferry docks, under restricted load conditions. Ferry load restrictions will be in effect until water levels are at or above chart datum, or when Tobermory dock fender modifications are complete.

LOAD RESTRICTIONS (effective May 17, until further notice):
• Acceptable: light vehicles such as standard automobiles, pick-up trucks, vans, trailers, motor homes, small cube trucks, motorcycles and bicycles
• Acceptable with limitations: Large vehicles (trucks) under 22,000kg – limited to max of 1 truck per load, and at Master’s discretion
• Not Acceptable: Large vehicles (trucks) over 22,000kg

All existing vehicle reservations will be honoured with the exception of large trucks or other heavy vehicles as long as load restrictions are in place. Persons wishing to book large trucks of any weight, or other heavy vehicles must contact the reservations office at 1-800-265-3163 for assistance.

The ferry service will continue to operate during fender reconstruction, expected to begin in the coming weeks. An agreement has been reached with Transport Canada, the owners of the docks, to permit the OSTC to access the federal facilities and complete repairs. The OSTC understands the urgency to get the MS Chi-Cheemaun sailing again and are working to complete the construction as soon as possible.

An engineering firm has been retained and has started on the design and specifications. A provincial government tender to complete the construction work will be released on Tuesday, May 14. To learn more about the provincial government procurement process, and to compete for the contract, companies can visit http://www.merx.com.

The OSTC is committed to a superior level of customer service. Travellers looking for more information may call the toll free customer service line at (800) 265-3163, email info@ontarioferries.com or follow @ontarioferries on Twitter.