Today, British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. announced it had purchased the "two-year old" MV Sonia to replace the Queen of the North for approximately $50.6 million. But, last year, Trinidad and Tobago United National Congress parliamentarian Fuad Khan told the house of representatives the Sonia - which once sailed between the two islands - was actually registered much earlier. Said Dr. Khan "from September 24, 2001, (the vessel) was (registered as the) Atsalakis 010; on August 04, 2003, it went to the Adamantios Korais; it went back to the Sonia on July 26, 2004 and then October 19, 2004, three months afterward, it became the Adamantios Korais again and then it became the Sonia on November 08, 2004." In an interview with Public Eye, ferry services spokeswoman Deborah Marshall maintained the vessel had been built in 2004.
September 18, 2006