Feb. 2, 2010
GRAND MANAN (CNB) - Grand Manan Adventure will be the name of a new, 82-car ferry to link Grand Manan with the mainland. The announcement was made today by Premier Shawn Graham, Transportation Minister Denis Landry and Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet along with staff from the Department of Transportation.
Graham provided an update on the provincial government's investment of $65 million (U.S.) for the vessel. The tender was awarded to Eastern Shipbuilding Inc.
"I am pleased that construction is underway on the part of the ship that will hold the engines and generators," said Graham. "Department of Transportation staff visited the shipyard last month to get a first-hand look at the progress being made. The provincial government is providing Grand Manan with a vessel they can be proud of and that will serve users for decades."
Last March, Grand Manan residents were invited to participate in a contest to name the new ship. A panel of local residents reviewed the entries and made the selection.
"I want to thank everyone who participated in this contest, and especially Deborah Avery for her suggestion of Grand Manan Adventure," said Doucet. "I commend the members of selection panel for their enthusiasm and dedication to this important project. The government succeeded in involving the community so that residents may have a sense of pride in this vessel."
For her winning entry, Avery and three guests will be invited on the maiden voyage of the ferry when it arrives in May 2011. She will also receive certificates and a plaque.
Graham noted that $45 million is being invested from the 2010-11 capital budget for construction of the ferry.
Currently two ferries operate between Blacks Harbour and Grand Manan. The MV Grand Manan, built in 1965, is nearing the end of its service life and operates from late June to September. The MS Grand Manan V, built in 1990, operates all year.
The new ferry will operate year-round, and the MS Grand Manan V will become the summer ferry. As a result, the daily vehicle capacity in the summer will increase to 1,000 from 630; and the daily vehicle capacity in the winter will increase to 640 from 480.
MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634.