MV Apollo, Strait of Belle Isle ferry, owned by Woodward Group of Companies. — Photo by Gary Hebbard/The Telegram
The Department of Transportation and Works has awarded a contract to Labrador Marine Inc. for the Strait of Belle Isle ferry service running between St. Barbe and Blanc Sablon, it was announced today.
The contract is for a period of one year with service provided by the MV Apollo. The service will begin on or before April 1, running through to early winter 2014 as weather conditions permit.
“The ferry service across the Strait of Belle Isle is vital for residents, and necessary for business and the movement of goods between the island and Labrador,” Paul Davis, Minister of Transportation and Works, said in a news release.
The department has cancelled the February tender that called for a three-year ferry service across the Strait of Belle Isle. The department will be seeking providers in the near future for the 2014 to 2016 period.
For the long term, a request for proposals will see a contract awarded this year for development of a 15-year comprehensive passenger, vehicle and freight ferry service beginning April 2016 for both the Strait of Belle Isle and the north coast of Labrador.
Users of the service should visit www.labradormarine.com or call 1-866-535-2567 for booking information and schedule updates.