Marine At­lantic’s rates on the rise

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

The cost to cross the Gulf of St. Lawrence on Marine At­lantic’s fer­ries has gone up once again.

The Crown cor­po­ra­tion an­nounced an in­crease in its rate struc­ture for 2012 ef­fec­tive Jan. 13 for travel af­ter Feb. 12 Thurs­day.

Un­der the changes, tar­iff rates will in­crease by four per cent over 2011 fares and the drop trailer man­age­ment fee for com­mer­cial cus­tomers will in­crease by $50.

On­board ser­vices, such as ac­com­mo­da­tions and food, will also in­crease be­tween three and four per cent on av­er­age, re­flect­ing in­fla­tion­ary in­creases in the cost of ma­te­ri­als, labour, and sup­plies.

Mean­while, a new $3.50 se­cu­rity fee to re­coup some of the costs as­so­ci­ated with se­cu­rity ini­tia­tives such as in­spec­tions, per­son­nel and in­fra­struc­ture has been in­tro­duced as well. There is no change to the fuel sur­charge. Marine At­lantic’s vice pres­i­dent of cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence Don Barnes in­di­cated height­ened se­cu­rity is a re­al­ity in to­day’s trans­porta­tion in­dus­try.

“In 2010, stronger reg­u­la­tions gov­ern­ing our op­er­a­tions were in­tro­duced and we have con­tin­u­ously made in­vest­ments to strengthen our se­cu­rity ini­tia­tives. The in­tro­duc­tion of a new se­cu­rity fee is nec­es­sary to en­sure we con­tinue to pro­vide safe and se­cure fa­cil­i­ties for our cus­tomers and em­ploy­ees.”

Mr. Barnes noted Marine At­lantic has worked to keep the new se­cu­rity fee as af­ford­able as pos­si­ble and the $3.50 rate is lower than se­cu­rity fees charged to air­line trav­ellers.

The up­dated rate struc­ture can be viewed on Marine At­lantic’s web­site at ‘www.marineat­lantic.ca’.

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