07 Oct, 2011 01:09 PM
A REDUCED barge service will run between Victoria Point and Coochiemudlo Island this weekend.
Icebreaker, a two-car barge that usually runs between North Stradbroke and Moreton islands, will operate with three extra daily services slotted into the timetable for tomorrow and Sunday.
Barge services on both Saturday and Sunday will start at 7.20am from Coochie.
On Saturday, the last barge will leave Victoria Point at 4.40pm.
Additional services will leave Victoria Point at 10.20am, 11am and 12.40pm on both days.
The last service on Sunday will leave Coochiemudlo at 5.20pm.
There will be no early-morning barge service on Monday morning and island residents needing to drive to work from Victoria Point on Monday are warned not to leave their cars on the island over the weekend.
The first barge service on Monday will be at 11am, when a larger barge, the Amity Trader, from Moreton Island, starts operating for four hours.
Those wishing to use the barge over the weekend must make a booking on 3820 6557.
There will be no disruption to the island’s regular Monday rubbish collection service and residents can still put bins out on Sunday night.
The island’s regular small barge, the seven-car Megamia, was taken out of action this week after its gear box blew up and Maritime Safety Queensland ordered safety checks to be completed.
The island’s second barge, the larger Sirenia, was taken out of service two weeks ago after it failed new Maritime Safety Queensland safety checks.
Barge owner Donna Davis was ordered to repair poorly maintained life rafts, called Carley floats, buy another life buoy, replace faulty fire extinguishers and ensure the boat’s alarm system worked.
An accredited surveyor will assess Sirenia, moored at Lamb Island, on Monday, when it is hoped Maritime Safety Queensland will allow it to resume operation.
Redland City Council is monitoring the situation and has drawn up plans for Coochie residents in the case of an emergency on the island over the weekend.
Council CEO Gary Stevenson said the passenger ferry service would continue over the weekend so nobody would be stranded.
“Council is not responsible for providing barge services to the islands,” Mr Stevenson said.
“It is actively monitoring the circumstances and the response of the current barge operator and will consider intervention if normal services are not resumed in the short term.”