MV Atlantic Vision is a fast ro-pax ferry owned by the Estonian ferry company Tallink, under charter to Marine Atlantic. She was delivered to Marine Atlantic in November 2008, but will begin her route in March 2009. The ship was built in 2002 as MS Superfast IX by HDW, Kiel, Germany for Attica Group's subsidiary Superfast Ferries.(From Wikpedia)
Marine Atlantic is investigating the cause of a fire that broke out aboard its new ferry over the weekend.
The MV Atlantic Vision, which is not yet in service, is the Crown corporation's newest vessel.
Tara Laing, spokeswoman for Marine Atlantic, said the fire broke out in one of the two thermal heating units of the MV Atlantic Vision at about 11:50 p.m. Saturday. Staff immediately called for help, she said.
Firefighters from the North Sydney volunteer fire department, who battled the blaze for about an hour, helped contain the fire to the boiler room.
The fire was completely out by 1 a.m. Sunday. No one was hurt in the blaze. The ferry was docked in North Sydney at the time.
"The cause and how long it will take for repairs to be effected are still under investigation" Laing told CBC News on Monday.
"We should know that information once that investigation is complete," she said.
The MV Atlantic Vision was expected to go into service in March but that could be delayed. Marine Atlantic engineers were assessing the damage to the new vessel.
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