“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.