For immediate release, June 5, 2020
LABRADOR MARINE INC. SET TO RESUME NORTH COAST MARINE SERVICE
Earliest start for passenger and freight service in several years
(Happy Valley-Goose Bay) – Labrador Marine Inc. announced today that passenger and freight service for Labrador’s north coast on the Kamutik W will begin on Sunday, June 14. This is the earliest start for the season in several years – more than three weeks earlier than in 2019 and 11 days earlier than in 2018.
FREIGHT ACCEPTANCE STARTS JUNE 8
The shipping terminal at the Port of Goose Bay will begin accepting freight for delivery to the north coast on Monday, June 8 at 8 AM. Shippers should note that most procedures around freight acceptance and shipping have changed as a result of measures put in place to stop the spread of COVID-19. Consult the Labrador Marine website at www.labradormarine.com for detailed procedures around shipping for 2020 and for any changes that might be implemented during the season.
PASSENGER CAPACITY SET AT 53
Due to measures to allow for physical distancing, Labrador Marine will restrict passenger capacity to 53 on the service, with a set number of spaces reserved for each community:
• Rigolet - 9 passengers
• Makkovik - 9 passengers
• Postville - 8 passengers
• Hopedale - 9 passengers
• Natuashish - 9 passengers
• Nain - 9 passengers
Numbers may be adjusted depending on how many reservations are requested. Only passengers with reservations will be given access to the ticket office and ship. People planning to travel should consult the LMI website for the latest information and read the passenger handout outlining the measures in place on the Kamutik W to protect against the spread of COVID-19.
For further information, contact:
Peter Woodward, LMI President and CEO - (709) 896-2421
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