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N.B.-Nfld. freight ferry being explored

BELLEDUNE, N.B. -- The possibility of setting up a truck ferry between northern New Brunswick and western Newfoundl...


BELLEDUNE, N.B. — The possibility of setting up a truck ferry between northern New Brunswick and western Newfoundland is one step closer to becoming reality.

The Belledune Port Authority has asked for a shipping company to supply and operate a roll-on, roll-off truck ferry to transport trailers between Belledune and Corner Brook. Officials from both communities have been exploring the idea for more than a year.

The service to and from Newfoundland would provide trucking companies with an alternative to travelling highways through New Brunswick, northern Nova Scotia, across Cape Breton Island and up the west coast of Newfoundland.

A call for proposals from the Belledune Port Authority is seeking a vessel to ferry in excess of 100 trailers two to three times a week, year round, for a distance of 310 nautical miles.

Proposals will be accepted until mid-September. Officials would like to see the service realized by May 2002.


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