Ma­rine At­lantic to in­vest mil­lions in Port aux Basques

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - Front page - BY ROS­ALYN ROY

PORT AUX BASQUES, NL – Ma­rine At­lantic has an­nounced its in­ten­tion to spend mil­lions in Port aux Basques to con­struct a new ad­min­is­tra­tion fa­cil­ity. Cur­rently the Crown cor­po­ra­tion’s ad­min­is­tra­tive group is lo­cated in three sep­a­rate build­ings, and spokesman Dar­rell Mercer says that is sim­ply no longer ef­fi­cient for the roughly 100 ad­min­is­tra­tive staff work­ing in Port aux Basques. “We’ve got 10 Ma­rine Drive, we’ve got the Lomond build­ing, and we’ve also got em­ploy­ees from ad­min­is­tra­tion at the ter­mi­nal build­ing,” said Mercer via phone in­ter­view. Mercer said the cor­po­ra­tion con­sid­ered ren­o­vat­ing the Ma­rine Drive lo­ca­tion to help deal with its space is­sues, but the ag­ing in­fra­struc­ture was a con­cern. “Af­ter look­ing at all the in­for­ma­tion that we col­lected, we de­cided that a new build would be the best path for­ward.” Ear­lier in the sum­mer Ma­rine At­lantic reached out to lo­cal landown­ers to de­ter­mine suit­able site avail­abil­ity in the area. The re­sponse was an over­whelm­ing 20 sub­mis­sions. For now, Ma­rine At­lantic hasn’t pro­ceeded far be­yond fi­nal­iz­ing the de­ci­sion to con­struct a new build­ing. As of Tues­day, Oct. 31, Ma­rine At­lantic was still bring­ing to­gether a team to over­see the en­tire project. Said Mercer, “That’s go­ing to be com­prised of lo­cal em­ploy­ees who work in Port aux Basques. They’re go­ing to help guide this process and through that we’re go­ing to have con­sul­ta­tion with em­ploy­ees… go­ing to in­clude them in the process.” Cur­rently Ma­rine At­lantic is wad­ing through sub­mis­sions to find the per­fect site. Part of that eval­u­a­tion process will con­sider cri­te­ria be­yond lo­ca­tion, such as ser­vices, space, and en­vi­ron­men­tal con­sid­er­a­tions.

“We’re in the very early stages of this process,” said Mercer, who says lo­cals will soon see some boots on the ground as the site prospects get nar­rowed down. Al­though the time frame, over­all cost, lo­ca­tion, de­sign and de­tails of the project are still un­known, con­struct­ing a new build­ing trans­lates to a multi-mil­lion-dol­lar in­vest­ment in the town by Ma­rine At­lantic. “We’re pretty ex­cited about the op­por­tu­nity this is go­ing to bring,” said Mercer.


Ma­rine At­lantic has an­nounced it will build a new fa­cil­ity in Port aux Basques for its ad­min­is­tra­tive staff.

J. R. ROY/SPE­CIAL TO THE GULF NEWS Ma­rine At­lantic cur­rently has ad­min­is­tra­tive staff scat­tered in three dif­fer­ent build­ings around town, in­clud­ing this one lo­cated at 10 Ma­rine Drive.

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