Marine Atlantic’s rates on the rise
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’.