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Transportation and Works
August 21, 2009

Government Selects Consultant to Design New Ferry

Fleetway Inc. of St. John’s has been chosen to design a replacement ferry for the MV Captain Earl W. Winsor.

The Department of Transportation and Works selected Fleetway through an expression of interest process that began in May. The naval architectural consultant will take the lead in developing the preliminary design and specifications for a vessel to replace the 37-year-old ferry that has been serving Fogo Island-Change Islands.

“Choosing this consultant is an important step forward as we continue the process of bringing new vessels into our fleet,” said the Honourable Trevor Taylor, Minister of Transportation and Works. “The Williams Government has been very aggressive in our Vessel Replacement Strategy and this is just the latest example.”

The ferry will be a roll-on/roll-off vessel, with approximate capacity for 60 vehicles and 200 passengers and will also be environmentally-friendly, with low emission machinery.

As part of its Vessel Replacement Strategy, the Provincial Government hopes to have two new ferries in service by 2010, with two more to follow, which includes this replacement ferry.

With Budget 2009: Building on Our Strong Foundation, the Provincial Government is investing $44 million on the construction of new provincial ferries, $13.4 million on maintenance of the existing ferry fleet and $7 million for the maintenance of ferry terminals and wharf infrastructure.

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

2009 08 21                                  10:50 a.m.


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