Marine Atlantic increasing ferry rates

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Marine Atlantic is increasing its passenger and vehicle rates by 2.6 per cent, effective April 1, 2016.

In releasing its 2016-17 schedule and rate structure today, Marine Atlantic said “the tariff rate adjustments are necessary to reflect the continuing increased costs associated with materials, supplies and labour and ensure a strong and reliable service for customers. Marine Atlantic will not be increasing cabin prices or the security fee at this time.”

Rates

Here are some examples of the rate increases:

• The cost of travel between Port aux Basques and North Sydney for one adult passenger will increase to $43.46 per crossing as of April 1, 2016 from $42.43;

• The cost of travel between Argentia and North Sydney for one adult passenger will increase to $115.34 from $112.52;

• The cost for a family of four with one vehicle (2 adults, 2 children over 5 years) between Port aux Basques and North Sydney will increase to $240.56 from $234.60;

• The cost for a family of four with one vehicle (2 adults, 2 children over 5 years) between Argentia and North Sydney will increase to $574.88 from $560.50;

The cost of a tractor-trailer (72 feet with driver - no berth) between Port aux Basques and North Sydney will increase to $657.10 from $640.55.

The news release says the fuel surcharge will not increase at this time, but will continue to be monitored.

“As the corporation continues to move to more expensive marine diesel fuel to meet new environmental regulations by the year 2018-19,” Marine Atlantic says “it is anticipated that significant increases to the fuel surcharge will be required.”

With current projections, the corporation is anticipating a fuel surcharge increase of about five per cent in fiscal year 2017-18.  

“These costs are a result of the ongoing transition to use 100 per cent marine diesel on all Marine Atlantic ferries. While lower international fuel prices, as well as the corporation’s ongoing fuel savings measures, are stabilizing the current fuel surcharge, future increases will be necessary to reflect the costs associated with purchasing the more expensive fuel,” the corporation says in its release.

This year’s schedule will continue to include overnight and morning crossings, and an increased number of dedicated commercial and restricted crossings to facilitate the transportation of goods to and from Newfoundland and Labrador.

The complete 2016-17 sailing schedule is available at www.marineatlantic.ca

Organizations: Marine Atlantic

Geographic location: North Sydney, Port aux Basques, Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • susan mcculley
    February 23, 2016 - 20:44

    The Government should not be holding this province hostage ,its too expensive and inconvenient, The head office for this service should be in Newfoundland the province and people it is meant to serve. We need to demand an accounting from Marine Atlantic of the number of cancelled or delayed departures? The People of Newfoundland and others need to demand that Marine Atlantic's incompetence and negligence are an affront to the provisions enshrining our rights to a ferry service in this province's Terms of Confederation. Marine Atlantic continues to gouge the people of the province. They are deterring visitors & are discouraging the tourism industry, also increases keep driving up the cost of freight & that increases the cost of living for our people. They have too many employees & are top heavy with levels of management. Why aren't our provincial politicians addressing this problem with their federal counter-parts? Marine Atlantic is harming our economy & the people it's supposed to serve. Lastly Unions have no part in gouging a province and its people of a proper route to entering and exiting a place we all call home.. They the Union just need to protect its members...Some thing really needs to be done because the cost of entering this great province has become to high and it is the right to all Canadians to travel freely from province to province without discrimination. I think our new Prime Minister needs to deal with this ASAP...

  • H.
    January 31, 2016 - 08:25

    The head office for this service should be in Newfoundland the province and people it is meant to serve.

  • geoff
    January 29, 2016 - 07:32

    where is Gerry Byrne ?

  • Herbert Dingwell
    January 29, 2016 - 06:56

    Will Veterans still get a discount on crossings>

  • Dominic House
    January 28, 2016 - 23:02

    The real problem is union. I have seen so much waste of workforce. So many people doing nothing during loading and unloading for example. Ferry going slow because Captain needs a break is another one or union wants overtime. Give me a break!!! The service needs to be privatized

  • Townie
    January 28, 2016 - 22:04

    I always loved to travel especially driving all the way down south,I did drive for 13 years straight I loved the ferry,the drive,just everything about it.But the last four years the cost had become very expensive,I now fly,it's not the same as driving but until they make it more affordable then it is now I will never travel by ferry again,I'm sure the price will not go lower which is too bad.

  • Monica Bonnell
    January 28, 2016 - 19:36

    What about one adult and one vechicle? Surely, it is not the same as two adults and a vechicle!

  • Allan
    January 28, 2016 - 18:17

    Still costs $180 for a cabin, one way for the Argentina crossing , on a vessel with inadequate areas for a night crossing for anyone without a cabin. No day crossing to allow anyone to save a few dollars. I used to take this crossing annually on Joseph & Clara, now its too expensive and inconvenient, have not sailed on this crossing since the Vision was put on this run and now this sailing is treated/priced more like a cruise rather than a transportation link, which it should be.

  • Samuel J.
    January 28, 2016 - 15:19

    Fuel costs have not 'stabilized' - they have plummeted 75%. If Marine Atlantic is suffering financially, it's only because they spent a tonne of money on the wrong vessels - vessels that are totally unsuited to conditions in the Gulf. That is reflected in the incredible amount of downtime - downtime that not only costs Marine Atlantic but passes an enormous cost onto consumers in Newfoundland. Somebody has to pay for the transport trucks with perishable cargo stuck on either side of Gulf for days at a time. Why is it, by the way, that the opposition and media have not demanded an accounting from Marine Atlantic of the number of cancelled or delayed departures? Marine Atlantic's incompetence and negligence are an affront to the provisions enshrining our rights to a ferry service in this province's Terms of Confederation.

    • Raymond
      January 28, 2016 - 18:05

      We can complain all we want to about Marine Atlantic, but this is a corporation run by and for the union. If you want to lower prices and improve services, turn the monster over to a "McDonalds" or "Walmart", then we will see how it's done. In 5 years, tourists will be coming to Newfoundland because of the ferry ride, not staying away because of the ferry ride. Marine Atlantic needs to be kicked off the pier and passed over to someone with a passion for good business ideas.

    • Raymond
      January 28, 2016 - 18:06

      We can complain all we want to about Marine Atlantic, but this is a corporation run by and for the union. If you want to lower prices and improve services, turn the monster over to a "McDonalds" or "Walmart", then we will see how it's done. In 5 years, tourists will be coming to Newfoundland because of the ferry ride, not staying away because of the ferry ride. Marine Atlantic needs to be kicked off the pier and passed over to someone with a passion for good business ideas.

    • Raymond
      January 28, 2016 - 18:07

      We can complain all we want to about Marine Atlantic, but this is a corporation run by and for the union. If you want to lower prices and improve services, turn the monster over to a "McDonalds" or "Walmart", then we will see how it's done. In 5 years, tourists will be coming to Newfoundland because of the ferry ride, not staying away because of the ferry ride. Marine Atlantic needs to be kicked off the pier and passed over to someone with a passion for good business ideas.

    • Brad
      January 28, 2016 - 19:11

      “As the corporation continues to move to more expensive marine diesel fuel to meet new environmental regulations by the year 2018-19,” That would be why fuel costs have stabilized. All the ships swtiched from using Bunker C fuel to Marine Diesel to comply with new regulations. While Bunker C is cheaper, it's much more dirty and can wear parts out faster. Hopefully that means less money required for maintenance.

  • more bad news
    January 28, 2016 - 14:19

    Marine Atlantic continues to gouge the people of the province. They are deterring visitors & are discouraging the tourism industry, also increases keep driving up the cost of freight & that increases the cost of living for our people. They have too many employees & are top heavy with levels of management. Why aren't our provincial politicians addressing this problem with their federal counter-parts? Marine Atlantic is harming our economy & the people it's supposed to serve.

  • peter
    January 28, 2016 - 13:33

    Switching from heavy fuel to marine diesel. Marine Atlantic will save hundreds of thousands of dollars in maintenance and parts. Heavy fuel is the low end of fuel and it is full of contaminants, which wear out engine parts prematurely and you have to burn fuel to heat it before it goes in the engine.Marine Atlantic needs an independent audit done, because they are going out of control.

    • Llew
      January 29, 2016 - 08:05

      THIS.