October 17, 2019 For immediate release
The Kamutik W is currently operating in freight mode and routing will be planned to allow for the fastest and most efficient delivery of freight to Labrador Coastal Customers. Due to this, Labrador Marine would like to advise that passenger reservations are subject to change. Nunatsiavut Marine will contact all reserved customers prior to vessel departure from Goose Bay to advise them of changes. Please note that at this time of year the number of passengers travelling is very low and reservations are not required. Check for updates on labradormarine.com or labradorferry.ca regarding vessel movement. Note that all routing is subject to change due to weather conditions.
We are currently into the busy season for shipping freight with the cut-off for guaranteed freight delivery set at November 8th. Commercial customers wishing to ship freight at Goose Bay Terminal are advised to contact the Nunatsiavut Marine freight office at (709) 896-2284 to make an appointment for freight acceptance. If there is no appointment space for the requested date, the freight office will book the first available date and time. Should you choose to do so, you can go to the terminal and wait. But please note that wait times may be extended due to demand. If you have perishable goods requiring refrigeration, please call ahead to ensure that there is space to accommodate your freight.
For further information, contact:
David Leyden, Operations Manager
Labrador Marine Inc – 709 535 3351
October 16, 2019 - For immediate release
Labrador Marine guarantees all north coast freight will be delivered before freeze-up
(Happy Valley-Goose Bay) – Labrador Marine President and CEO Peter Woodward met with senior leaders and officials from the Nunatsiavut Government and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador on Tuesday. He guaranteed that all freight received at LMI’s Goose Bay terminal by the cut-off date of November 8th for commercial and residential freight will be delivered to north coast communities by the end of this shipping season in December.
“All of the freight that is here in our terminal by November 8th will be transported to the north coast,” said Woodward. “We have more than enough capacity to get the job done but we will lease more if required.”
On Tuesday, the Kamutik W completed a four-day round trip to the north coast and departed again on Wednesday afternoon to head north. “We have a full load on this trip,” said Woodward. “There is less than a full load of freight at the terminal now.”
LMI has also held discussions with transportation companies planning to ship groceries north and assured them those shipments will get delivered.
The Kamutik W’s bow and stern are built to Swedish ice class 1A super standard, which allows the vessel to navigate at 8 knots in 20 centimetre land-fast ice. It means the Kamutik W can operate until after mid-December in north coast ports, weeks longer than the previous ships, Northern Ranger and Astron. “We will be there until December 20th if we have to,” says Woodward. “We will get all freight delivered. The job will get done.”
Woodward’s has a long history of shipping in northern Labrador, beginning with stevedoring in the 1960’s. In 1973, the company began delivering fuel to the north coast and in 1981, it introduced container service for freight with the Astron. “We have never let the north coast down,” said Woodward. “We will do what it takes to get the job done this fall.”
President & CEO, Woodward Group of Companies