Our Overdependence on Ferries

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Monday, February 11, 2019
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Marine Atlantic was not sailing for over three days now due to high winds and sea conditions in the Cabot Strait.

Some stores were beginning to run short on some products.

The way stores receive most of their products are through Marine Atlantic.

Marine Atlantic operates a year-round, 96 nautical mile daily ferry service between Port aux Basques, Newfoundland and Labrador and North Sydney, Nova Scotia.

When severe weather is expected or occurring the ships cannot sail.

Ferries have been operating across the strait since 1898, aside from the seasonal run from Argentia, Newfoundland and Labrador and North Sydney, Nova Scotia, also operated by Marine Atlantic there is no way to move large quantities of product to the Island of Newfoundland.

Marine Atlantic transports in excess of 100,000 commercial units each year. These units transport a wide variety of items accounting for more than 50% of all goods being shipped to and from the Island of Newfoundland. 

The Team

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