Contract for new Bell Island ferry to be announced Monday

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Transportation and Works Minister Nick McGrath and David Brazil, MHA for Conception Bay East-Bell Island, will announce the awarding of a contract to build a new ferry for Bell Island on Monday.

An artists' conception of a new ferry for the Fogo Island run. — Submitted photo

The announcement will be at the ferry terminal building in Portugal Cove at 2 p.m.

Following the news conference, McGrath, Brazil and officials from Damen Shipyards will depart Portugal Cove on the MV Flanders at 2:30 p.m.

The contract signing is scheduled to take place at 3:30 p.m. at the Heritage Hall on Bell Island, where local residents are invited to attend.

In November, the province announced awarding of a contract to Damen Shipyards for a new ferry for the Fogo Island and Change Islands service, estimated at $51 million. Delivery of the new ferry is expected in September 2015.

At that announcement, government said it intended to negotiate a second 80-metre vessel for the Bell Island ferry run, and an additional $10 million will be spent to upgrade wharf infrastructure on Bell Island and in Portugal Cove to accommodate the new vessel.

See related story Province offers ferry vision

Organizations: Damen Shipyards, Heritage Hall on Bell Island

Geographic location: Portugal Cove, Bell Island, Brazil

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Recent comments

  • Corporate Psycho
    December 14, 2013 - 00:19

    According to Brazil it is the second coming of Christ. How many dozen did this cost him?

  • John
    December 13, 2013 - 14:29

    'bout time!