Transportation and Works
January 16, 2007

Minister Announces Schedule for 2007 Labrador Marine Coastal Service

Customers using the Labrador Marine Service will experience a series of improvements this year.

The Honourable John Hickey, Minister of Transportation and Works and Minister Responsible for Labrador Affairs, today released an enhanced schedule for the 2007 Labrador Marine Coastal Service.

"All walks of life, from tourists to the business sector, are dependent on these ferries," said Minister Hickey. "And I’m happy to say this government has upgraded the service and continued our recent trend of releasing the schedule earlier than it had been in the past."

Some of the highlights of the new schedule include:

  • The summer operating schedule of the Sir Robert Bond, which runs from Lewisporte to Cartwright and Happy Valley-Goose Bay, will be extended by three weeks.
  • Dangerous goods crossings on the Apollo, which runs from St. Barbe to Blanc Sablon, are being adjusted to ensure at least two regularly scheduled trips per day for passengers and vehicles are maintained.
  • Also, on the Apollo, 90 per cent of passenger and passenger/vehicle capacity will be eligible for the reservation system (up from 75 per cent) and a non-refundable deposit will be levied for all vehicle traffic.
  • The Honourable Tom Hedderson, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation says early release of the revamped schedule will have a positive impact on the tourism industry. "Labrador is a unique part of the province and anything this government does to improve access to the region is great news," he said. "The early release of the schedule is of significant benefit to tourists who can immediately begin summer travel plans."

    Myles O’Brien, a member of the Minister’s Advisory Committee on Labrador Transportation, helped develop the new schedule and is particularly pleased to see the implementation of non-refundable deposits on Apollo bookings. He says it will make for a more efficient service.

    "In reviewing the Apollo ferry service, one of the biggest issues that came to light was the general practice by people to double-book but often not use the space," said Mr. O’Brien. "Non-refundable deposits should help ensure more accurate bookings."

    A copy of the provincial ferry schedules is available at www.gov.nl.ca/tw/ferryservices/schedules.stm

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    Media contacts:

    David Salter
    Director of Communications
    Department of Transportation and Works
    709-729-3015, 691-3577
    davidsalter@gov.nl.ca

     

    John Tompkins
    Director of Communications
    Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation
    709-729-0928, 728-7762
    jtompkins@gov.nl.ca
     

    2007 01 16                                  9:45 a.m.
     


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