New ferry for White Head Island (10/05/28)

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May 28, 2010

WHITE HEAD ISLAND (CNB) - The provincial government has awarded a tender for the construction of a new ferry linking White Head Island and Grand Manan. The $5-million investment was announced by Transportation Minister Denis Landry and Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet.



"As planned through our department's Fundy Islands Ferry Services Project, we are replacing the eight-car MV Lady White Head due to its age and limited capacity," said Landry. "The new vessel, to be in service in 2011, is designed to carry 12 full-size passenger cars and 32 passengers."

The contract was awarded to Chantier Naval Forillon inc. of Gaspé, Que. It is the same shipyard that built the Henry Nase cable ferry, which was christened in April and connects Westfield and Hardings Point.

"This is exciting news, and this project is important for a number of reasons," said Doucet. "The White Head Island ferry is well used as we have a very active harbour for the aquaculture and fishing industries. Semi-trailers and small trucks count on this ferry for pickups and deliveries. This vessel also serves as a school bus for students who require transportation to Grand Manan."

The MV Lady White Head, built in 1976, is owned by the province and operates under contract by Coastal Transport Ltd. It runs between Ingalls Head on Grand Manan and White Head Island.


MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634.