MARINE ATLANTIC (Ferries)
North Sydney-Port aux Basques (Argentia / Placentia)
Atlantic Vision ferry Review and Specifications
Specifications of Atlantic Vision ferry
|Year built||2002 / Age : 16|
|Builder||(HDW) Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (Kiel, Germany)|
|Class||cruise ferry (Ro-Pax ship)|
|Ferry route / homeports||North Sydney-Port aux Basques (Argentia / Placentia)|
|Speed||27 kn / 50 kph / 31 mph|
|Length (LOA)||203 m / 666 ft|
|Beam (width)||25 m / 82 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||30285 gt|
|Decks with cabins||3|
|Sister-ships||Stena Superfast VII, Stena Superfast VIII, Stena Superfast X|
|Former names||Superfast IX|
Review of Atlantic Vision ferry
MS Atlantic Vision ferry is a Ro-Pax passenger vessel operated by the Canada-based company MARINE ATLANTIC. The ship has max capacity of 961 passengers and 352 cars. The vessel was launched in 2002 and currently operates on the Canadian (Nova Scotia-Newfoundland) ferry route North Sydney-Port aux Basques (crossing time 7 hours, year-round, 7 days a week). During summer, the ship also operates on the route North Sydney-Argentia (Placentia, crossing time 14-16 hours, June through September, 3 days a week).
As cruiseferry, Atlantic Vision has a total of 150 cabins (728 berths). All staterooms are air-conditioned and with en-suite bathrooms. Each cabin accommodates up to 4 passengers and offers as amenities en-suite bathroom (WC, shower, single-sink vanity, mirror, 1 power outlet for shaving), flat TV (in 2-bed and Deluxe cabins only), linens, duvets, pillows, towels, toiletries, mirrored vanity table (writing desk with stool, 1 power outlet), phone, hairdryer, full-length mirror.
Atlantic Vision stateroom categories include:
- (decks 8-9) 2-berth / Twin Outside (2 lower beds)
- (deck 8) 4-berth "Family Cabin" / Quad Outside (2 lower beds + 2 upper bunk beds)
- (deck 8) 4-berth "Disabled Cabin" / Quad Outside (4 berths / 2 lower + 2 upper bunks, including 1 bed with grab bars; bathroom with wider door, wheelchair-accessible shower, grab bars, alarms)
- (decks 8-10) Deluxe Outside (1 queen bed, mini-fridge with complimentary beverages / juice, soda, bottled water)
- Pets (including in pet carriers) are not permitted in passenger cabins.
- All 2-berth cabins provide TV monitoring of the kennels. Visits of the pet during the voyage are recommended.
- All passengers must vacate their suites 30 min prior to homeport arrival.
For reserved seating, passengers can upgrade to the lounge with 200 reclining seats.
As facilities, the Atlantic Vision ship offers:
- (deck 6) Movie Lounge (reserved seating lounge with aircraft-type reclining seats), dedicated washrooms
- (deck 7) Eggs Restaurant (buffet-style venue during peak summer season, sit down table service for the year's remainder)
- (deck 7) Flowers Dining Room (fine dining venue / open seasonally)
- (deck 7) Snack Bar (24-hour open food bar)
- (deck 7) Mosquito Bar Lounge
- (deck 7) Colors Bar Lounge (live entertainment / seasonally)
- (deck 7) Havana Games Room (casino)
- (deck 7) Video Games Room (with arcade machines)
- (deck 7) Children's play area (indoor playground) and Pirate's Hide-away Playroom
- (deck 7) Reception Desk (passenger services)
- (deck 7) Internet kiosk, Gift Shop, passenger washrooms and baby changing room
- (deck 7) Promenade Deck (open-air viewing / outer deck with an outdoor smoking-allowed area)
- (deck 8) Public seating lounge (TVs and reclining seats).
- (deck 9) Hospital (first aid room)
- (deck 10) Open-air viewing / outer deck with kennel stowage area (for pet carriers, outside entry, with a dog toilet)
- free Wi-Fi service
- Midship on top deck (Heli Deck) there is a helipad - helicopter landing area used in cases of emergency.
- All bars and lounges are fitted with large flat TVs and comfortable seating.
All onboard emergency instructions are displayed in staterooms, on the TV screens and at the ship's assembly stations (aka muster stations). Life jackets are issued at the assembly stations. In case of emergency, the use of elevators / passenger lifts is forbidden.
MARINE ATLANTIC ferry terminals
North Sydney (Nova Scotia) is located on the Sydney Harbour's northern side and along Cape Breton Island's eastern coast, North Sydney is a major Atlantic Canada port and the MARINE ATLANTIC service's western terminus that links the Trans-Canada Highway with Newfoundland Island (Port aux Basques and Argentia).
- North Sydney Ferry Terminal has a new building (opened on June 3, 2015, project cost USD 20 million). Wi-Fi coverage is throughout and complimentary. On Floor 1 are located ticket counters, security offices, public washrooms, waiting hall with TVs (satellite reception), baggage area, gift shop, indoor kids play area, Info Centre, Atrium (lower level). On Floor 2 are located drivers lounge, quiet area, staff lounge, Atrium (upper level, with skylight), terminal administration and staff offices passenger-accessible outdoor / open-air terrace. Food service at the terminal is not available.
Argentia (Newfoundland) is a commercial seaport in Placentia NL, located on the island's southwestern coast. The port benefits from a natural harbour with length approx 3 km (2 ml) By the mid-1960s were upgraded all roads connecting Argentia with the Trans-Canada Highway (at Whitbourne).
- Argentia Ferry Terminal was opened in 1967, serving the regularly scheduled ferry from North Sydney NS. Initially, the crossing time was approx 19 hours. In the 1980s the facility was upgraded and since 1989 is operated by MARINE ATLANTIC, which superferry service (during summer only) reduced the crossing time to 14-16 hours.
- Terminal building's Floor 1 has ticket counters, baggage area, public washrooms (WC / showers), gift shop, indoor kids play area, outdoor kids play area (unsupervised), waiting hall with TVs. payphones, ATM machine. Floor 2 has TV lounge, outdoor patio area (overlooks the harbor). Food service at the terminal is not available.
Port aux Basques (Newfoundland) is a port town located on the Newfoundland Island's southwestern tip. The MARINE ATLANTIC ferry port terminal is the island's primary port. The town is also the western terminus of Trans-Canada Highway - transcontinental highway system through all 10 Canadian provinces (from Atlantic Ocean to Pacific Ocean).
- Port aux Basques Ferry Terminal building's Floor 1 has ticket counters, office, lobby lounge, public washrooms, cafeteria, TV lounge (waiting hall), gift shop, Info Kiosk. Food service at the terminal is provided by Cabot Catering. On Floor 2 are located TV lounge (waiting hall), outdoor patio, ferry reservations office, administration area.
The route North Sydney-Port aux Basques has length of 178 km (111 ml). This year-round service was established in 1949. The route North Sydney-Argentia (Placentia) has length of 520 km (323 ml). This seasonal (summer) service was established in 1967.
Car decks (1 to 5) can be loaded on 2 levels with vehicle access from both bow and stern. Passenger access to decks 3 through 8 is via 1 elevator (red) and a stairway (red), both located aft. Passenger accesss to vehicle decks 1 and 2, as well as to decks 5 through 10 is via 1 elevator (blue) located midship. Passenger accesss to decks 3 through 8 is via 1 stairway (blue) located midship. Passenger accesss to vehicle decks is forbidden during the voyage.
Follows a list of car decks related safety procedures:
- Disabled passengers or those requiring specificassistance should visit the ship's Information Desk (open 24-hours).
- Apply handbrake and place the vehicle in park or 1st gear position. Switch off the ignition, alarm, electrical equipment, headlights. Gas cylinders, if any, must be switched off. Lock the vehicle.
- From your vehicle take only valuables and essential hand baggage.
- Make a note of your vehicle's location and garage deck number / stairway before leaving the car deck.
- Access to the ship's vehicle (cargo) decks during the voyage is prohibited.
- Smoking on vehicle decks, as well as in cabins and passenger loungesis forbidden.
- Wait for the onboard announcement before returning to your vehicle.
- In order to avoid air pollution, don't start the engine until instructed.
The ship operator Marine Atlantic (founded in 1986, headquartered in St John's, Newfoundland) is a Canadian federal (state-owned) corporation operating ferries across Cabot Strait (between Nova Scotia and Newfoundland Island). Marine Atlantic's current fleet includes the ships Atlantic Vision, Blue Puttees, Highlanders, Leif Ericson.
Atlantic Vision ferry wiki
- The vessel is the third in a series of all 4 fast ferries built with ice-strengthened hulls. All ships were ordered by SUPERFAST FERRIES (Attica Group's subsidiary) for the company's Baltic Sea services.
- The ship was launched on November 18, 2000 and delivered to SUPERFAST FERRIES on January 8, 2002 (under the name "Superfast IX"). It started operations on the Sweden-Germany route Sodertalje-Rostock on January 10, 2002 (maiden voyage). However, this service was terminated in April 2002. In May 2002, Superfast 9 (together with the sister-ship Superfast X) started the service Scotland-Belgium on the route Rosyth-Zeebrugge.
- In February 2004, the ship underwent a major drydock refit (at Fosen Shipyard in Rissa, Norway) during which more passenger cabins were added increasing its passsenger capacity from 626 to 728.
- On August 31, 2008, was terminated the TALLINK-SILJA service and the ship entered drydock (at Turku Repair Yard in Naantali, Finland) for rebuilding. During the refit, its bow thrusters were replaced with more powerful, the bow and stern vehicle ramps were rebuilt, the interiors were extensively refurbished, passenger cabins were added (increasing its capacity from 728 to 962). The reconstructed ferry was delivered to MARINE ATLANTIC on November 14, 2008, and renamed to "Atlantic Vision".
- The ship is powered by four SULZER marine diesel engines (model NSD 16ZAV40S, combined output 46 MW) and three MAN diesel generators (model 8L28/32H, total power 5,54 MW). The propulsion system consists of two controllable pitch propellers (KaMeWa-Rolls-Royce), three bow thrusters (KaMeWa, combined power 2,78 MW) and one stern thruster (KaMeWa, 1,35 MW).
- The ship arrived in Canada on December 7, 2008 (in St John's NF). It entered service on the current Nova Scotia-Newfoundland route on April 1, 2009.
- (ferry accident) On December 27, 2008, while moored in North Sydney, the ship suffered an engine room (boiler room) fire. The crew was assisted by North Sydney's fire department. No injuries were reported.
- (ferry accidents) On July 29, 2009, the ship was forced to re-dock again due to an engine room (boiler room) fire. On August 18 the ship collided with the dock in Port-aux-Basques, which resulted in minor stern fender damage.
- (ferry accident) On December 22, 2009, due to strong winds at Port-aux-Basques, the ship sustained a stern hull damage (5 m / 16 ft puncture above waterline) and was out of service until December 23.
- Note: MARINE ATLANTIC vessels enter drydocks every 2 years for general maintenance works.