Boblo Island ferry service return delayed to Friday afternoon

The departure point to get from Amherstburg, Ont. to Boblo Island, as seen on Nov. 6, 2023. (Sanjay Maru/CTV News Windsor)

Residents of Bois Blanc, or better known as Boblo Island are still without ferry service after the vessel was taken out of service on the afternoon of Friday. Oct 27

Residents were previously told the boat would be operational by Nov. 1. That date was later pushed back to Nov. 3. It was again delayed after islanders received an email around 10 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 7 advising of a new issue.

"We apologize for the extended delay with the arrival of the last remaining piece of equipment, specifically the Electronic Positioning Information Radio Beacon," said Amico properties, which owns the Amherstburg Ferry Company and Boblo Island.

Amico says a Canadian Coast Guard representative requested a further upgrade requirement of which becomes effective by March 2024. 

"This marine radio, specifically the Electronic Positioning Information Radio Beacon was sourced in Maine USA and is scheduled to arrive Thursday," they said.

"Transport Canada representatives are set to provide the final certification of machinery and compliance on Thursday once the Electronic Positioning Information Radio Beacon has been installed. We are now scheduled for 'sea trials' Thursday afternoon and a return to full-service Friday afternoon."

Amherstburg Mayor Michael Prue tells AM800 News that he did not see the issue on the agenda for the upcoming council meeting on Monday, Nov. 13, but said he woud request it to be put on the agenda for the following meeting on Nov. 27.