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Labrador Marine Transportation Study: Phase II

Lead Researcher and Department
Public Policy Research Centre, Memorial University

Funding Resources
Department of Transportation and Works

This report deals with the longer term options for providing service to isolated communities of Labrador following the completion of the Trans-Labrador Highway. It recommends the establishment of Happy Valley-Goose Bay as the staging port because of its existing port and transshipment infrastructure.

Three options for service have been identified. Option A involves the continued use of the Northern Ranger for passengers and freight, along with a freight-only vessel similar to the Trans Gulf. Option B calls for the Northern Ranger to be sold while a combined freight and passenger vessel is acquired which will reduce the fleet effectively to a single, multi-purpose vessel. A design for this vessel has been provided by a naval architect. Option C would provide for the sale of the Northern Ranger and the lease of a replacement vessel for the Trans Gulf, which would carry freight only, with passenger travel addressed through subsidized air travel.


Labrador Marine Service; Marine transportation; Coastal service

Zone 1 - Nunatsiavut Government
Zone 3 - Central Labrador
Zone 4 - Aurora
Zone 5 - Labrador Straits

Industry Sectors
Water transportation (Transportation and warehousing)
Support activities for water transportation (Transportation and warehousing — Support activities for transportation)

Thematic Categories
Marine Transportation (Transportation)
Community Development

Harris Centre (STJ)
Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science (STJ)