PORT AUX BASQUES, NL–The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, joined Marine Atlantic’s Interim Chair of the Board of Directors Sharon Dugganand Paul Griffin, President and CEO, to announce upgrades to the existing Marine Atlantic facilities in Port aux Basques, Newfoundland and Labrador, and in North Sydney, Nova Scotia.
Budget 2016 provided $22 million in funding for two projects that will directly benefit the two terminals:
upgrading the mooring system that will increase safety; and
upgrading the dock fenders to minimize the wear and tear of docking on vessels and docks.
A third project will also be undertaken in Port aux Basques to enhance the facility’s storm sewer system to improve operating conditions in the terminal yard, the release said.
“The funding announced in Budget 2016 will continue to strengthen Marine Atlantic’s vital transportation service for the citizens ofNewfoundland and Labrador including those who rely on the shipment of goods to and from the province on a daily basis. Therefore, this investment plays a significant role in growing the local economy,” said the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport.
“I want to thank Minister Garneau for visiting our operations and getting a first-hand view of the positive impact the Government ofCanada’s recent investment will have on our service. We have made tremendous progress over the past number of years and having the ability to continue upgrading our infrastructure will result in a more modern, efficient and reliable service for our customers into the future,” said Sharon Duggan, Marine Atlantic’s Interim Chair.