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Dartmouth Lower Ferry down to single float for one month

THE Dartmouth Lower Ferry will be down to single float working from Wednesday, November 5, until the end of the month.

The ferry float Tom Avis is being taken out of service for its annual Maritime and Coastguard Agency refit in order to gain its passenger certificate — the maritime equivalent of a car’s MOT test.

It is one of two floats — the other being the Tom Casey — to undergo the yearly inspection as part of the statutory regime in running the ferry.

It will mean that for around one month the ferry will be down to single float working.

From the end of November to December 5, it is intended that the service will revert to two ferry operation if possible.

Ferry manager Pat Webb said: “The MCA refit is just like a car’s MOT. We do the work here at our own repair facilities in Dartmouth. These refits are annual and we have no choice but to do them.

“We apologise for any inconvenience, but will be using extra staff on the single ferry to speed up the service so our crossings will not be too much slower than when both units are operating.”

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