The Digby to Saint John ferry service is delaying opening until April 26.
The Digby to Saint John ferry, the MV Fundy Rose, isn’t just used for tourists.
Local seafood and trucking companies rely on the ferry for easier access to New Brunswick year-round.
“This time of year, the roads are the worst, the weathers not the
best and it makes a longer trip for my drivers,” said Brian Reynolds of
Reynolds trucking in Port La Tour.
The ferry has been closed since January 24. Service was originally
supposed to be back up and running in early March, then it was pushed
back to late March.
Service was supposed to be restored April 10 then, late April 8, Bay
Ferries announced the service would not be back up and running until
"Bay Ferries Limited and The Government of Canada have capital,
maintenance and repair projects ongoing concurrently at the Saint John,
New Brunswick and Digby, Nova Scotia ferry terminals as well as upgrades
aboard the MV Fundy Rose," Bay Ferries said in a press release on April
8. "Due to a number of factors, including weather, completion of the
project on the Saint John terminal facility must be extended."
The MV Fundy Rose is owned by Transport Canada and leased to Bay Ferries Ltd.
Transport Canada said in an email the fenders on the Saint John ferry
terminal are being replaced because they were at the end of their
Transport Canada said they are working closely with the project’s contractors to ensure there are no further delays.
“Three months is too long,” said Reynolds.
This is the longest closure of the ferry he remembers.
Reynolds was relying on the service to open back up on April 10, so
he could give some of his drivers vacation time. Now, the drivers he has
available will have to work harder to make up for the delay.
For Southwestern Nova Scotia truck drivers trying to get to Saint
John, they have to drive through Truro and the Cobequid Pass, to Sussex
and then they arrive in Saint John.
“It’s an extra seven hours driving one way, 14 all together. And it’s not necessary,” he said.
It’s not just the trucking industry hurting, it’s the product suppliers that the trucks ship for too, he said.
“It hurts all around, everyone has to meet their deadlines.”
Transport Canada said the project is taking longer than expected due
to weather conditions and a delay in getting some materials for the
Some companies are looking for answers on why Transport Canada did
not have the supplies ready for the project before the closure.
The slow season for Southwestern seafood transporters and truckers is
between the end of September and end of October. Repairs during this
time would have been easier for the industry.
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