Ferry fees increase
Marine Atlantic announced schedules and rates for 2017, and the price of a trip across the Gulf is on the rise.
Marine Atlantic released its schedule and rate structure for 2017-18 last week.
Bookings for travel between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018 are now available.
Effective April 1, passenger fares, vehicle fares and the drop trailer management fee will increase by 2.6 per cent.
A Marine Atlantic news release stated the tariff rate adjustments reflect the continuing increased costs associated with materials, supplies and labour.
There will be no increase to the 15 per cent fuel surcharge, however.
“Last year, initial budget forecasts indicated that increases would be required as the Corporation transitions to more expensive marine diesel to meet new environmental regulations by Jan. 1, 2020,” the release stated.
“Through internal fuel management initiatives, the Corporation’s fuel hedging program and the continued lower cost of fuel in the marketplace, no adjustments are required at this time.
“As the Corporation continues to transition all of its vessels to 100 per cent marine diesel, it is anticipated that future increases to the fuel surcharge may be required.”
Popular overnight and morning crossings, and dedicated commercial and restricted crossings to facilitate the transport of goods to and from Newfoundland and Labrador will continue in the coming year, according to the release.
The 2017-18 rate structure and sailing schedule is available at www.marineatlantic.ca.