It is commonplace nowadays for new ships to be built on continents far from where they are actually going to operate with delivery either being made unaided or via a “piggyback” ride aboard a heavy lift ship to all regions of the globe. Furthermore, the percentage of ships meeting their maker far from where they concluded their working lives is also of course very high. Several of Canada’s domestic ferries can trace their roots back to European countries as either newbuilds, second hand purchases or converted tonnage with the 12,000gt/2014 built F.-A.-Gauthier (Fincantieri, Italy),10,193gt/2000 built Fundy rose (ex-Blue Star Ithaki) and 28,460gt/2006 built Blue Putees (ex-Stena Trader, converted from Ro-Ro to Ro-Pax) falling in to these respective categories. The latest example of a ferry being spawned in Europe for service in Canadian waters is the unassuming yet very purposeful veteran, ordered by the Canadian government to modernise the Farewell-Fogo island-Change islands service.
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