Minister Raitt tours the site of the latest project in revitalizing
Marine Atlantic ferry services and shore facilities
NORTH SYDNEY, NS, Jan. 19, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Lisa Raitt,
Minister of Transport, marked progress in the construction of Marine
Atlantic's new terminal building in North Sydney, Nova Scotia, today as
she toured the site. The Minister was joined by Cecil Clarke, Mayor of
the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, and by Marine Atlantic's Chair
of the Board of Directors, Rob Crosbie, and President and CEO, Paul
The new terminal building is funded through the Government of Canada's
five-year investment of $521 million in the revitalization of Marine
Atlantic's fleet and shore facilities. It is due to open and be
operational in 2015-16.
The new North Sydney Terminal, estimated to cost $20 million, including
design, site preparation and construction, will be modern, efficient,
and environmentally friendly. It will offer amenities such as a
commercial driver seating lounge area and provide closer access to
downtown North Sydney businesses.
Other improvements at North Sydney include a recently completed new
building for stevedores (dock workers); renovations to the docks, an
upgraded and expanded marshalling yard and new Marine Atlantic
administration and warehouse facilities.
Next steps include improvements to enhance safety and security and
better serve customers, including upgrades to terminal and port
infrastructure at all three of Marine Atlantic's ports at North Sydney
and the Port aux Basques and Argentia terminal buildings in
Newfoundland and Labrador.
"The Government of Canada continues to invest in renewing and improving
Marine Atlantic's fleet and shore facilities, such as the new North
Sydney terminal, because we recognize the importance of connecting the
communities, businesses and economies of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland
and Labrador. In addition to improving the safety, efficiency and
reliability of its ferry services, the new terminal will bring economic
benefits to the region."
The Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport
"Marine Atlantic is excited about the potential of our new terminal
building and the strengthened customer service opportunities that will
be available. Working with Joneljim and Roclan Construction, local
construction companies employing local people, we are seeing progress
being made every day. We look forward to the ongoing construction phase
and welcoming our customers to this state-of-the-art facility."
Marine Atlantic Inc. Chair of the Board of Directors
SOURCE: Government of Canada
For further information:
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa
Darrell Mercer, Corporate Communications
Marine Atlantic Inc.
709- 772-0073 or 709 727-2405
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