Dockside changes make ferry boarding safer, more efficient

Diane Crocker
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The new mobile waiting unit travellers on the Sir Robert Bond leaving from Corner Brook will now use to wait to board the Labrador ferry.

Travellers on the Sir Robert Bond out of Corner Brook now have a new place to wait to board the Labrador ferry.

CAI Nunatsiavut Marine operates the service between the city and Blanc Sablon during the winter months. For the past couple of years travellers could wait in the Corner Brook Port Corporation’s R.A. Pollett Building until it came time to board the ferry.

Dwayne Canning, operations manager with CAI Nunatsiavut, said that has changed this year as the company now has a heated waiting area, complete with washroom facilities, located inside the main loading yard.

“The Pollett Building is quite a distance from the actual loading dock and what we found where everything is so spread out it was difficult for the vessel crew to co-ordinate loading,” said Canning from Lewisporte on Tuesday.

Canning said the port authority had concerns in previous years with the vehicle lineup. Because it was in a different area it required staff and vehicles to leave one yard, go out on the main roadway and back into another yard every time the vessel was loaded.

“And of course this caused safety issues and disrupted flow-through traffic,” said Canning.

Canning said this year the port offered its full co-operation in implementing a system more efficient and safer for everybody.

He said that system includes the new waiting area and the moving of the vehicle lineup to another part of the yard that they had previously not been able to use.

“Basically we have a birds-eye-view of where everything is, where all of our passengers are,” said Canning. “It helps us to line everything up and load more efficiently and it’s safer for everybody.”

The yard space has been provided at no cost to the company, while the mobile waiting unit is an extra cost CAI Nunatsiavut has to cover.

Organizations: Corner Brook Port

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Lewisporte

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