MONTREAL – from Thursday, and during the next few days, motorists and truckers need to make the long detour of more than 800 kilometres through Quebec to move from one bank to the other of the river St. Lawrence in eastern Quebec.
In fact, the ferry NM Trans-Saint-Laurent, which connects the regions of Bas-Saint-Laurent and Charlevoix, carried out Wednesday, his last maritime links between Rivière-du-Loup on the south shore of the st. lawrence river, Saint-Siméon, on the north shore. He will be heading to Quebec in order that repairs are carried out over the next eight weeks.
As for the ferry-NM-F.-A.-Gauthier, which connects normally to Matane and the towns of Baie-Comeau and Godbout on the North Shore, it explores the most since 17 December due to a breach.
No other ship was available for the ferry to the availability of a boat of the Cooperative of maritime and air transport (CTMA), next Tuesday.
Two weeks ago, the minister of Transport, François Bonnardel, has denounced the Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ) for not having found a solution to avoid the complete stop of maritime routes for several days. In his opinion, the STQ would have been able to buy a boat used during the past year, but has not done so. He rejected the blame on the previous liberal government for this decision.
Heads of companies that carry goods from one shore to another state that interruption of service will cost them dear.