RFP Issued for Marine Services on South Coast of Newfoundland


The Department of Transportation and Works has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to seek proponents to provide ferry services to seven communities along the south coast of Newfoundland.

Through this selection process, the Provincial Government will identify marine service providers that can demonstrate they are capable of managing and providing passenger and freight services to the south coast of the island in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

Proponents are encouraged to develop their own service model and/or propose innovative solutions to serve approximately 720 residents in seven communities:

  • La Poile

  • Francois

  • Grey River

  • Gaultois

  • McCallum

  • Rencontre East

  • South East Bight

Vessels providing current service to these communities transport approximately 35,000 passengers each year. More specific information on the ferry services to the region can be found in the backgrounder below.

Proposals will be evaluated based on best overall value while providing at least one trip to and from each community each day.

The deadline for submissions is January 19, 2018. A contract is expected to be awarded January 31, 2018, for service to start April 1, 2018.


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