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.”
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