Short-term so­lu­tion

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“The in­tent is to work out an agree­ment with them so that the port au­thor­ity can get the con­fi­dence to get the wharf built, so that we can take not only pas­sen­gers but the freight as well,” said Pen­well.

He added that the new fer­ries should be com­ing into ser­vice some­time this month, but will be lim­ited to pas­sen­ger travel only un­til a so­lu­tion can be found.

“I think the port au­thor­ity is in the process of try­ing to work out a tem­po­rary so­lu­tion with Canada Bor­der Ser­vices where (the ferry) will drop the pas­sen­gers at (the Canada Bor­der Ser­vices build­ing) and the ve­hi­cles at an­other,” Pen­well ex­plained. “That will re­quire some ac­com­mo­da­tions from cus­toms and some ac­com­mo­da­tions from the port au­thor­ity to see that that hap­pens.”

Pen­well said cur­rently the M/V Al­dona, a cargo ves­sel that makes runs to and from St. Pierre, docks at the pier ad­ja­cent to the Ocean Choice In­ter­na­tional plant in the com­mu­nity.

“She (Al­dona) brings ve­hi­cles and freight on a weekly ba­sis and Cus­toms man­ages to clear her in that other lo­ca­tion,” he said. “Whether or not they would be will­ing to on a daily ba­sis is some­thing that we would have to get worked out.”

Pen­well said that would only be a short-term so­lu­tion to the prob­lem.

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