July 29, 2004
(Transportation and Works)


Minister announces addition of a cooler to the Northern Labrador freight service

Tom Rideout, Minister of Transportation and Works, today announced the addition of a cooler to the MV Northern Ranger, which serves communities between Black Tickle and Nain. "The purpose of adding the cooler is to improve the overall level of service, in the delivery of fresh produce and milk, to the residents of coastal Labrador," said Minister Rideout.

This cooler will provide ample capacity for carrying fresh produce and milk without diminishing the vesselís available freezer space, which is used in shipping frozen goods into and out of Northern Labrador. The region exports a variety of goods, including seafood products.

Minister Rideout emphasized his commitment to those who depend on the freight service: "I continue to listen to and act on the concerns of those who depend on the Northern Labrador freight service, including the Labrador Inuit Association. I recently met with President William Andersen III and have taken all feedback under advisement. The utmost attention has been given to the concerns of all stakeholders to this service."

The MV Northern Ranger provides weekly service to coastal Labrador. The high frequency of service enables the residents of Northern Labrador to order fresh milk and produce that can be delivered at a high level of quality, within a week.

"As I have stated previously, government will continue to provide quality service for the residents of Northern Labrador. We continue to review and respond to the transportation infrastructure needs of the people of Labrador, as part of developing an overall infrastructure strategy for the province," said Minister Rideout.

Media contact: Lori Lee Oates, Communications, (709) 729-3015

2004 07 29                                      11:40 a.m.

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