A Maritime trucking firm is fearful that a deliberate short-term shutdown of the ferry service between Digby, N.S., and Saint John, N.B., will expose its drivers to larger dangers on winter roads and improve prices.
Brian Reynolds of Reynolds Trucking in Shelburne, N.S., mentioned the interruption in service runs counter to what representatives of Bay Ferries promised him final yr.
“They despatched two males to my workplace in October and mentioned there’d be no interruptions this yr in service,” Reynolds instructed CBC Information.
Bay Ferries introduced Monday the Fundy Rose ferry can be out of service from 11 a.m. AT on Jan. 24 to four p.m. AT on Feb. 21.
The corporate’s web site cites infrastructure upkeep as the explanation for the interruption in service.
Rhonda Latter, director of company providers for Bay Ferries, instructed CBC Information that work must be finished on the loading construction in Saint John and the ship “can’t be in service whereas the work is ongoing.”
Transit time will improve
Reynolds mentioned truckers are restricted within the variety of hours they’ll drive a day and having to go by land will greater than double the transit time from three hours to seven.
He mentioned the additional driving may even expose truckers to treacherous winter street circumstances.
Along with elevated put on and tear on vans from the additional driving, he estimated going overland will add a further $500 in price in every route.
He additionally mentioned the shutdown will happen throughout one of many busiest occasions of the yr for truckers within the area — the interval round Chinese language New 12 months and Valentine’s Day.
Lobster is in excessive demand for Chinese language New 12 months celebrations within the U.S., mentioned Reynolds, and the elevated price of transport because of the detour could find yourself affecting the value to the buyer.
Reynolds mentioned his firm is not the one one involved in regards to the interruption in service.
“I am speaking not solely from me, I am speaking for a number of firms,” he mentioned. “There’s lots of trucking firms that depend upon that service.”
Worries about perishable merchandise
Ronnie Fitzpatrick of the Seaside Level Processing Firm in Prince Edward Island mentioned he is involved about how the additional transit time will have an effect on perishable seafood.
“Our mortality charge will go increased as a result of lobsters are longer out of the water, and the purchasers get upset as a result of the product just isn’t attending to them on time,” mentioned Fitzpatrick, who makes use of Reynolds Trucking to maneuver product.
Latter mentioned Bay Ferries tried to reduce disruption to ferry customers when it selected the dates for engaged on the challenge.
She mentioned the choice was primarily based on the necessity to full the repairs and an “analysis of conventional visitors patterns for the seafood trade.”
“The overriding consideration always is the security of the operation and the property with which we’re entrusted,” she mentioned.
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