Frontenac-Howe Islander Ferry out-of-water inspection scheduled to start October 30

Posted on Wednesday October 04, 2017

Note: A new FAQ about the 2017 out-of-water inspection is now online.

We wish to provide information regarding the Frontenac-Howe Islander Ferry’s upcoming out-of-water inspection as well as planned maintenance and repairs at the end of the month. This out-of-water inspection process is mandated by Transport Canada and occurs every four years. 

Currently, we anticipate the ferry to leave our docks on October 30. During this time, Howe Island will be served by the MV Quinte Loyalist, which will be retrofitted to fit our existing docks. On the date of the actual ferry exchange, an out of service  period of approximately 6-7 hours will occur. 

This temporary vessel has a reduced capacity compared to our own Frontenac-Howe Islander Ferry down from 45 to 13 metric tonnes. The particular method by which the MV Quinte Loyalist must connect to the dock decreases the ramp's ability to bear weight, thereby reducing the capacity of the vessel. There is also a width reduction component due to the size of the aligning plate and its lifting mechanism on the MV Quinte Loyalist. Commercial ferry users who have specific questions about the ability of the replacement ferry to accommodate their vehicles should contact Frontenac County’s Marine Supervisor Campbell Dailey at (613) 542-4959. 

While the MV Quinte Loyalist is servicing Howe Island, you should expect a longer loading period as vehicles will have to be slowly maneuvered past the aligning area to utilize car deck space. The Loyalist Ferry comes with some of its original crew. In the interest of crew safety please be alert for extra crew members in addition to County crew. Please pay particular attention to staff loading vehicles onto the vessel. 

The hours of operation of the Loyalist will be from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. The Loyalist will operate on demand during the peak hours of 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The remainder of the day it will operate a scheduled service; leaving the mainland on the hour and ½ hour; leaving the island on the ¼ hour and ¾ hour. Meanwhile, the Township ferry will operate 24 hours a day during this period.

The anticipated return to service date for the Frontenac-Howe Islander Ferry is November 20, 2017.


Paul J. Charbonneau, Dipl. M.M., CMM III EMS Executive 
Chief Paramedic/Director
Emergency and Transportation Services