Ferry fees in­crease

Marine At­lantic an­nounced sched­ules and rates for 2017, and the price of a trip across the Gulf is on the rise.

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - Front Page -

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.

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