LABRADOR MARINE INC. SETS GUARATEED FREIGHT DELIVERY DATE
Most traffic numbers increase during summer season
(Happy Valley-Goose Bay) – Labrador Marine Inc. today announced the deadline for the acceptance of freight and cargo shipments at the port of Goose Bay to ensure guaranteed delivery to coastal ports this season. Commercial and residential freight must be received by Thursday, November 10 at 7pm to guarantee delivery.
The deadline applies to both the north and south coast service.
“We encourage early delivery of freight to the Goose Bay terminal,” says LMI General Manager Capt. Austin Daley, “in order to ensure that food supplies and other essential goods are delivered to each port before the service ends for the season.”
Inquiries about freight operations should be directed to [email protected]
MOST TRAFFIC NUMBERS UP IN 2022 SUMMER SEASON
Unlike 2020 and 2021, there were no COVID-related travel restrictions in place during the 2022 summer season. Passenger traffic, private vehicle transport, and tonnage carried in private vehicles increased over the June to August period in 2021. Freight acceptance tonnage was down.
“These numbers show very positive trends for coastal traffic,” says Captain Daley. “Passenger numbers have recovered, and a growing number of people are transporting their private vehicles on the Kamutik W. This is how the service is intended to be utilized. Despite freight tonnage being down during the summer, we expect that to pick up as stores and residents begin bringing in supplies for winter.”
NAIN DOCK REPAIRS TO BEGIN
Necessary work is about to begin on repairs to the dock in Nain. There will be no disruption to the service provided by LMI.
“We have been in constant contact with the contractor and have an agreement that the Kamutik W will operate on schedule,” Captain Daley says. “That is good news for all the people on the coast who depend on timely delivery of goods and the transport of passengers. There will be no deviation from our current schedule while the repairs are taking place. Repairs are scheduled to be completed in early 2023.”
Captain Austin Daley, General Manager of Labrador Marine Inc.
LABRADOR STRAITS FERRY TRAFFIC SURPASSES PRE-PANDEMIC LEVELS
SAR exercise means reduced sailings September 13
(Happy Valley-Goose Bay) – Labrador Marine Inc. (LMI), operator of the Strait of Belle Isle ferry service for the NL Department of Transportation and Infrastructure, stated today that traffic levels this summer recovered from the reductions that resulted from COVID travel restrictions in 2020 and 2021, and surpassed all numbers for the pre-pandemic year of 2019.
LMI General Manager Captain Austin Daley released numbers for passenger traffic, private vehicle crossings, commercial, and tour bus transportation on the Qajaq W.
“LMI is delighted to see traffic return to normal on the Straits service and the continued upward trend of all traffic types,” Daley stated. “This vital service is the only sea link between Labrador and the island. The completion of the paving of the Trans Labrador Highway this summer led to an increase in road traffic to and from Labrador for both local residents and tourists.
There has been a substantial increase in tour bus traffic over previous years, and this contributes substantially to the Labrador tourist industry. The service provided by the Qajaq W is an essential connection for private passengers and commercial traffic and a positive contributor to Labrador communities. LMI appreciates the co-operation of the travelling public and the efforts of our onboard and onshore crew and staff in providing a safe and reliable service.”
SUMMER SCHEDULE ENDS ON SEPTEMBER 13
LMI reminds travellers that the Straits summer ferry schedule ends on Tuesday, September 13.
However, due to the Qajaq W’s participation part in a Search and Rescue exercise on September 13, there will be reduced service on that day.
The fall schedule will begin on September 14. Consult the LMI website at www.labradormarine.com or the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador website at www.gov.nl.ca for schedule details.
For further information, contact:
Captain Austin Daley
Labrador Marine Inc.
Email: [email protected]