06/22/2017 11:54 EDT | Updated 06/22/2017 22:42 EDT

$50M breakdown-prone ferry to Fogo Island out of service with ice damage

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — The ferry to Fogo Island, one of Newfoundland's prime tourism destinations, is out of service once again with ice damage to its hull.

The $50-million MV Veteran has had a history of mechanical flaws since it was launched with fanfare in 2015.

A provincial government spokesman says repairs will take two or three weeks after unusually heavy spring ice.

Brian Scott says costs of about $350,000 are not covered under warranty.

The Romanian-built vessel was out of service for several weeks last year with propulsion issues and other mechanical glitches.

The Veteran's sister ship, MV Legionnaire, is taking over the popular Fogo and Change islands run as summer tourism ramps up.