Province Enhancing Passenger, Vehicle and Freight Capacity for Labrador Ferry

For the first time in the province’s history, communities in northern Labrador will be provided with roll on, roll off ferry services that will change the way residents travel to and from their communities.

The Request for Proposals (RFP) for ferry services for the north coast of Labrador issued today will allow residents to drive their vehicles onto the ferry and drive off at another port on the route.

Travellers who wish to take their vehicles must currently have them transported as freight on the MV Astron and then travel as a passenger on the MV Northern Ranger or fly to their destination.

The RFP requires the successful proponent to use a ferry that can transport a minimum of 20 passenger-vehicles and as many as 140 passengers, and increase the number of freight units it can transport from 110 to 125. The ferry must also travel from Happy Valley-Goose Bay to Rigolet, Makkovik, Postville, Hopedale, Natuashish, and Nain and back within a seven-day span.

The vessel must not be older than 15 years old when the service starts and must also be 1A ice-class.

The contract will be 15 years in length and will have an option for extension.

The deadline to submit proposals is July 11, 2018. The contract is expected to be awarded in September for service to begin in June 2019.

The current ferry service for northern Labrador transports approximately 6,000 passengers and 11,000 tons of freight yearly.