[SAINT JOHN, NB] — New Brunswick has granted a $207-million contract to Coastal Transport Ltd. to operate and maintain all ferry services for the Fundy Isles including Deer Island for 15 years.
Transportation Minister Claude Williams says the agreement, which takes effect today, will allow for a more focused management of the province's coastal ferry service sector.
The company already operates the Grand Manan and White Head ferry services.
A new $4.7 million ferry is expected to be in operation for Deer Island in 2014.
Coastal Transport will continue to run and maintain the current vessels until that time.
The new ferry will replace the John E. Rigby, one of two existing ferries serving the island.