Ferry ser­vice to im­ple­ment com­mer­cial reser­va­tion sys­tem

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY JULIE COLLINS

liza­tion of ves­sels,” Fol­lett said. “Ad­vance reser­va­tions will en­able truck­ing com­pa­nies to re­duce a driver’s down­time and max­i­mize the ef­fi­cient use of their as­sets.”

Check-in time for com­mer­cial cus­tomers will be re­duced, which will in turn re­duce traf­fic con­ges­tion on the high­ways near the en­try to the ter­mi­nals. In­for­ma­tion re­lated to the type of goods be­ing trans­ported by each com­mer­cial unit will be pro­vided dur­ing the book­ing phase, de­creas­ing the amount of time re­quired to com­plete the fi­nal cargo man­i­fest in prepa­ra­tion for sail­ing.

“It is be­cause of the mag­ni­tude of change for all in­volved that we are im­ple­ment­ing this sys­tem at a time of the year when traf­fic de­mand is near its low­est, giv­ing every­one an op­por­tu­nity to be­come fa­mil­iar with the sys­tem be­fore the busier sum­mer sea­son,” Fol­lett said.

Shane Es­son, chair­man of the At­lantic Prov­inces Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (APTA), said the as­so­ci­a­tion has been aware of the change.

“ We’ve had di­a­logue with Marine At­lantic, it’s not a sur­prise,” Es­son said. “ There’s been some con­sul­ta­tion, some of our mem­bers i n New­found­land have at­tended meet­ings to pro­vide in­put.”

Es­son said there will be chal­lenges for some peo­ple and he ex­pects it will take a while to work out the bugs.

“ The cur­rent sys­tem is not work­ing, so it’s time to try some­thing dif­fer­ent. For­tu­nately, they did con­sult with the APTA and some of our mem­bers.

“Also, they’re do­ing it right by meet­ing with the car­ri­ers and truck­ers over the next cou­ple of weeks to get in­put and feed­back, which is the right thing to do. When you con­sult with peo­ple, you gen­er­ally end up with a bet­ter so­lu­tion.”

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