Trucks-only ferry service starts Friday

by Today's Trucking

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — Northumberland Ferries has announced that it will resume service between Wood Islands, P.E.I., and Caribou, N.S., on Friday, but only trucks will be allowed aboard for now.

The trucks-only service begins Friday. Photo: Northumberland Ferries

“Service will initially only be available to large commercial trucks (larger than 30 feet in length) and their drivers,” the company said.

“Service for all other travelers will not be permitted until inter-provincial travel restrictions are lifted.”

Those restrictions were imposed to stop the spread of Covid-19.

The ferry will operate six days a week, from Sunday to Friday. There will be no onboard food service.

“We are pleased to be resuming ferry service to help support our communities and the economy.”

– Mark MacDonald, chairman and CEO, Northumberland Ferries.

The company said it is hopeful that service will be expanded to include other essential workers in the near future.

“We are pleased to be resuming ferry service to help support our communities and the economy” said Mark MacDonald, chairman and CEO of Northumberland Ferries.

The company also said that it will implement a comprehensive Covid-19 management plan to ensure public and employee safety.

The plan includes health screening, social distancing, use of personal protective equipment where appropriate, and increased sanitation and cleaning procedures, it said.

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  • People who are not truck drivers may still be essential and may need to be able to use the ferry

  • This was needed very much to get going good move by all . Transport health care and food processing is needed. More has to be provided to protect workers, older people over 65 and those in nursing homes. We have to smart how the economy is restored but it has to happen. Many poor and homeless are in a very bad position. A number of transport companies both truck and bus needs help from the government on insurance assistance and for financial assistance. I would like to see every transport truck allowed to take out the single passenger seat and put in a double passenger when their is space. Any trucking company that does this and has less than 100 trucks and all bus companies with less than 50 busses and or wheelchair taxis get up to 50 percent of insurance and the Canadian portion of their plates paid for the next 24 months. At that time a review needs to be done. All ferries get the Federal Government to pay 100 percent costs of insurance and docking fees in Canada for the next 24 months.