CARIBOU, NS, June 21, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister
of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Central Nova, and the
Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue, Minister for the Atlantic Canada
Opportunities Agency and Member of Parliament for Egmont, today
announced an investment totaling close to $13 million in the Wood
Islands, P.E.I. - Caribou, N.S. ferry service.
"Our government understands the importance of ferry services to the
local communities throughout Atlantic Canada," said Minister MacKay.
"Ferries support trade and tourism and connect people and business
throughout the region and today's investment will ensure that residents
and visitors will continue to benefit from the safe and reliable
operation of this ferry service."
"Canada needs safe and efficient transportation in all regions and this
service helps us to support growth and create jobs and prosperity, both
here and across Canada," said Minister Shea. "Since 2006, our
government has made significant investments in this ferry service and
we remain committed to working with the provinces and local communities
to develop a long-term approach for these services."
The main engines on the MV Holiday Island will be replaced to improve efficiency of the vessel and to reduce the
risk of unexpected mechanical failures. As well, improvements are being
made to shore-based infrastructure including the rehabilitation of the
East and West Breakwater and berths for the MV Confederation and the MV Holiday Island in Wood Islands, P.E.I., and the rehabilitation of both ferry berths in
The Government of Canada supports three inter-provincial ferry services
in Eastern Canada:
Wood Islands, P.E.I. and Caribou, N.S.
Iles de la Madeleine, QC and Souris, P.E.I.
Saint John, N.B. and Digby, N.S.
In support of these ferry services, the Government of Canada owns four
vessels and six ferry terminals, which are leased to private operators.
Since 2006, the Government of Canada has invested approximately $200
million in operating and capital funding for these ferry services.
Canada's Economic Action Plan provides new opportunities for growth, job
creation and long-term prosperity. Thanks to the Government of Canada's
leadership and our strong economic and financial fundamentals, the
Canadian economy has recovered from the global recession better than
most other industrialized countries. Canada has been a leader among G-7
countries throughout the recovery with more than one million net new
jobs created since July 2009.
For more information about the projects, please see the attached
The Government of Canada is investing close to $13 million for
improvements to the Wood Islands, P.E.I. - Caribou, N.S. ferry service.
Main Engines Replacement for MV Holiday Island - The main engines on the MV Holiday Island are original to the ferry which was built in 1971, and are approaching
the end of their expected useful life. As a result, both main engines
will be replaced in order to ensure the safety of passengers and crew,
reduce the costs of repairs and maintenance, and maintain the
reliability of MV Holiday Island. The project is expected to be complete in March 2014.
East and West Breakwater Rehabilitation, Wood Islands, P.E.I. - As part of the regular life-cycle of the breakwater, repair and
maintenance work will be done to ensure that the waters are calm enough
to allow for vessels to dock safely and to reduce shore erosion, as the
breakwater is used to reduce the intensity of the waves. Work on the
breakwaters involves the removal of the existing concrete deck,
patching of any holes found in the wall by welding on steel plates and
the re-establishment of the backfill in required areas. The
rehabilitation work began in October 2012 and is expected to be
completed by March 2014.
Berth Rehabilitation Projects - As part of the regular life-cycle of the berths at both Wood Islands,
P.E.I. and Caribou, N.S., repair and maintenance work will be done to
ensure the structural integrity and longevity of the structures are
maintained in order to sustain safe ferry vessel operations. It is
essential to correct and prevent deterioration of the various
components of the berths so as to be able to safely load and unload
passengers and vehicles.
MV Confederation Berth Rehabilitation, Wood Islands, P.E.I. - Rehabilitation of the MV Confederation ferry berth includes repairs to the corroded areas and splits in the
steel sheet piling at the mouth of the berth by installing steel
patches where required and the installation of "propeller-wash"
protection at the mouth of the berth. This will be achieved by the
installation of a steel structure embedded in concrete on the seabed.
The rehabilitation work began in November 2012 and is expected to be
completed by March 2014.
MV Holiday Island Berth Rehabilitation, Wood Islands, P.E.I. - Rehabilitation of the MV Holiday Island ferry berth wall and mouth includes repairs to the steel sheet piling
and installing a concrete curtain to protect the steel repairs and
restore structural stiffness to the wall. The supporting piles under
several of the concrete fenders will be repaired or replaced and the
berthing structure also requires repair to the associated concrete cope
wall and fender. The rehabilitation work began in November 2012 and is
expected to be completed by March 2014.
Ferry Berth Rehabilitation, Caribou, N.S. - The project for both ferry berths includes the undermining repairs to
the concrete portion of the wharf, installation of erosion control pads
and the installation of a section of new piling. The rehabilitation
work began in November 2012 and is expected to be completed by August
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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