Marine Atlantic set to introduce commercial reservations

Staff ~ The Telegram
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Marine Atlantic announced today it will introduce commercial reservations for the ferry service on Feb. 22.

According to a news release, the new system will provide all commercial customers with the opportunity to reserve their preferred sailing on any of the Marine Atlantic ferries.

The Marine Atlantic ferry system represents a vital element in the transportation supply chain for businesses shipping to and from the island portion of Newfoundland, said Wayne Follett, president and CEO of Marine Atlantic.

Commercial reservations will provide a significant improvement in the supply chain link allowing commercial trucking companies to provide confirmed delivery for their clients products. All of our customers will now arrive at a port for check-in with a reserved sailing date and time. This new approach will replace the previous system whereby drivers rushed to the ports to be placed in a line-up for transportation that was based upon first come-first served.

Follett said commercial reservations will help reduce the traffic congestion caused by long lineups of trucks during delays and will improve load planning and utilization of vessels. Advance reservations will enable trucking companies to reduce a drivers downtime and maximize the efficient use of their assets, he added.

Check-in time for commercial customers will be reduced, which will in turn reduce traffic congestion on the highways near the entry to the terminals. Marine Atlantic is required by law to obtain information related to the type of goods being transported by each commercial unit. This information will be provided during the booking phase, decreasing the amount of time required to complete the final cargo manifest in preparation for sailing of the vessel.

The new system will be implemented in stages. Marine Atlantic will begin accepting reservations through its toll-free reservations line (1-800-341-7981) on Feb. 22, with the first commercial unit arriving on site with a reservation on March 15. The commercial reservations system will be complemented by an online feature in April.

Organizations: Marine Atlantic

Geographic location: Newfoundland

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  • Frank
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    That is not the problem set Wayne Follett should be focusing on. He should be focusing on vessel/crew reliability and reducing downtime of his fleet. Again, poor management.

  • Frank
    July 01, 2010 - 20:14

    That is not the problem set Wayne Follett should be focusing on. He should be focusing on vessel/crew reliability and reducing downtime of his fleet. Again, poor management.