August 2, 2004
(Transportation and Works)


Minister announces deposit required with each reservation on the M/V Sir Robert Bond

Tom Rideout, Minister of Transportation and Works, today announced a new reservation deposit system for the M/V Sir Robert Bond. Effective with the August 6, 2004 sailing of the Bond, persons making a reservation will be required to pay a $50 dollar non-refundable deposit.

"Those who currently have reservations will be contacted by the ticket agency to determine their travel plans. Those who confirm their tickets will be required to pay the $50 deposit. This deposit will then be put towards the total cost of the ticket upon honoring the reservations,"said Minister Rideout. "The purpose of implementing the deposit system is to maximize usage of the vesselís passenger capacity and reduce no-shows as much as possible. Failure to confirm passage and pay the deposit will result in a cancellation."

The Bond provides auto and passenger ferry service twice weekly between the communities of Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Cartwright and weekly service to Lewisporte. The Sir Robert Bond also carries freight to and from Labrador, including some ultimately destined to the north Labrador coast via Cartwright.

Media contact: Christine King, Communications, (709) 729-1758

2004 08 02                                      10:50 a.m.

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