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May 30, 2008

Labrador Marine Service to Commence Next Week

The Labrador Marine Service launches next week as the MV Sir Robert Bond, which travels to Cartwright and Happy Valley-Goose Bay from Lewisporte, opens the 2008 season on Friday, June 6.

"An efficient Labrador Marine Service is vital to the regional economy and essential to the general public who travel in Labrador," said the Honourable Dianne Minister Whelan, Minister of Transportation and Works. "This government prides itself on our record regarding transportation initiatives in Labrador and we are looking forward to a busy marine season."

In addition to the MV Sir Robert Bond, the MV Northern Ranger service to Happy Valley-Goose Bay, including Black Tickle and Rigolet, will start Monday, June 9. The schedule for additional northern ports from Makkovik to Nain will be announced when ice conditions permit.

Terminals at Lewisporte, Cartwright and Happy Valley-Goose Bay will begin accepting freight for Lewisporte, Black Tickle, Cartwright, Rigolet and Happy Valley-Goose Bay 8 a.m., Monday, June 2. The schedule for freight destined for all other ports will be announced at a later date.

"I am delighted to see the Labrador Marine Service will open as scheduled this year," said the Honourable John Hickey, Minister of Labrador Affairs. "The service offers an invaluable resource for residents, businesses and visitors who travel to and from Labrador throughout the busy summer season. Once again, this government has demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to the people of Labrador."

The weekly schedule can be found at: //

The Provincial Government made significant investments in Labrador marine infrastructure in Budget 2008, including $2.5 million for refits to the MV Sir Robert Bond and the MV Northern Ranger that will be undertaken when the season is completed in the fall.


Media contacts:

David Salter
Director of Communications
Department of Transportation and Works
709-729-3015, 691-3577  
John Tompkins
Director of Communications
Department of Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs
709-729-1674, 728-7762

2008 05 30                                                     9:55 a.m.

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