Transportation and Works
November 13, 2007

Government Awards Contracts for Northern Ranger and Sir Robert Bond

The Williams Government announced today it has renewed contracts with Labrador Marine Inc. for operation of marine vessels the Sir Robert Bond and the Northern Ranger.

The contract for the Sir Robert Bond, which services Lewisporte, Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Cartwright, has been extended for two years, while the contract for the Northern Ranger, which runs from Happy Valley-Goose Bay to Nain, has been extended for one year. Both contracts include management of freight and administrative services.

The Honourable Dianne Whalen, Minister of Transportation and Works, says the Provincial Government is committed to providing optimal marine service throughout the province.

"The contracts we are announcing today are evidence of this government�s dedication to those who rely on our provincial ferry fleet, in this case, many of them Labradorians," said Minister Whalen. "We have had an extremely successful partnership with Labrador Marine Inc. for years and are pleased to see it continue."

Today�s announcement is the latest in a series, regarding the provincial marine service. The Williams Government is in the midst of a Vessel Replacement Strategy, which will see an investment of $15 million to begin construction of two new vessels here in the province this year. In addition to investing in ferry construction, in Budget 2007 the Williams Government injected $10.3 million for refits of Provincial Government-owned ferry vessels and $5 million for maintenance and capital construction of terminals and wharfs. Also, as part of Budget 2007, the Provincial Government invested $1.5 million to reduce ferry rates, bringing the rates in line with road equivalency.


Media contact:

David Salter
Director of Communications
Department of Transportation and Works
709-729-3015, 691-3577

2007 11 13                                                    9:25 a.m.


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