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Tender call closed for Portugal Cove wharf upgrade

A tender call to upgrade the wharf at Portugal Cove to accommodate the new 80-metre ice class ferry, the MV Legionnaire, has closed.

An artist's conceptual drawing of the new ferry being built to service Bell Island. — Source: Newfoundland and Labrador government  —

David Brazil, minister of Transportation and Works, said in a news release the tender includes modifications to the wharf and the construction of a fixed ramp to move vehicles on and off the ferry, which is scheduled to arrive in the province in February 2016 to operate between Bell Island and Portugal Cove.

“During the construction period, there may be some disruptions in service, and we are working with the contractor to minimize the impact on travellers to and from Bell Island during that time. Upon conclusion of the construction, I am pleased to note that additional parking will be available on the breakwater,” Brazil said.

The minister added that significant progress has been made in the renewal and modernization of the provincial ferry fleet with two new ferries already delivering service. Annually, the provincial fleet of ferries transports more than 900,000 passengers, 400,000 vehicles, and 20,000 tonnes of freight across more than 50,000 arrivals and departures.

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