Labrador Marine Inc.
LABRADOR MARINE REVISES LOADING PRACTICES ON QAJAQ W
(Happy Valley-Goose Bay) – Labrador Marine announced today, that effective immediately, it will no longer require passengers to remain in their vehicles on the lower deck of the Qajaq W on the Strait of Belle Isle service. The changes affecting passengers and vehicles on the lower deck were put in place on a trial basis. As LMI progresses toward greater capacity on the Qajaq W, it was necessary to assess how physical distancing could be maintained as vehicle and passenger numbers increase. The information that LMI collected during this trial run will be useful as the company assesses when and how to increase vehicle and passenger capacity.
The changes include the following:
“Our safety consultants certified that the lower car deck was safe for passengers as far as air ventilation and evacuation was concerned,” said LMI President and CEO Peter Woodward. “But many travellers expressed concern about having to stay in their vehicles on the lower deck. We wanted to address those concerns quickly and put the attention back to where it should be, and that is, LMI’s determination to provide an essential service that is safe and that meets the needs of people travelling to and from Labrador.”
The Qajaq W will remain on its winter schedule with one roundtrip a day. Daily departure from Blanc Sablon is 8 am NL time and from St. Barbe at 10:30 am NL time.
Labrador Marine continues to monitor the public health advice on COVID-19. The company will adjust travel rules when necessary. Please continue to consult Labrador Marine’s website at https://lmsi.woodwardgroup.ca for the latest information.
For further information, contact:
Peter Woodward, LMI President and CEO