Annual Review of Activities
Marine Atlantic’s 2019-20 Annual Review of Activities is now available for streaming on our website and YouTube channel.
This review is designed to provide an overview of the Corporation's fiscal year initiatives, investments, revenues and expenditures for the period April 1, 2019, to March 31, 2020.
Due to COVID-19, this year’s edition has been pre-recorded. Gary O'Brien, Interim Acting Chair of the Board of Directors, Murray Hupman, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Shawn Leamon, Vice President of Finance, presented at this year’s event.
Why did Marine Atlantic introduce a rolling schedule and what time period will it cover?
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, the team at Marine Atlantic has focused on providing a safe and healthy ferry crossing for our employees and customers with a goal of maintaining our essential ferry service. We implemented changes to our operations including setting passenger limits, implementing screening and isolation measures, and reducing onboard offerings such as restaurant and bar service, to name a few.
We have also been looking at how we continue to evolve and change how we operate to meet the needs of our customers in the future. Customers have told us that they would like to book their travel farther in advance to ensure their transportation requirements align with other parts of their planning and to secure the crossing and amenities they desire.
A rolling schedule provides our customers with a longer booking window and allows them to make reservations at least 13 months prior to travelling. Every 3 months, we will release another 4-month booking block into the schedule. Depending on when customers book their reservation, they could reserve their crossing up to 17 months in advance, meaning customers can now book until March 2022.
Will the Argentia – North Sydney ferry service be available for booking in 2021?
Yes. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic there is currently a high degree of uncertainty as it relates to demand for travel. Therefore, initially we are offering two return crossings weekly on this route. Should demand warrant, we will consider adding additional crossings.
Does Marine Atlantic have plans to adjust the locations of positions from where they are currently located?
As a Federal Crown Corporation, we aspire to operate a safe and efficient service that provides a reliable transportation link between the Provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia. As such we are continuously looking at our operations to determine how to most effectively provide this service. Location of positions are determined by the requirements of the organization.
When is Marine Atlantic’s new vessel expected to enter service?
The new vessel is expected to enter service in the 2023-2024 timeframe.
Will there be new amenities and more cabins on the new vessel?
The specifics of the vessel will be finalized and released once a we have entered into an agreement with a proponent.
- Number of Sailings: 1,632
- Number of Passengers: 311,499
- Number of Passenger Vehicles: 120,426
- Number of Commercial Vehicles: 82,194
- On-Time Performance: 91.8%
Please click here to view the 2019-2020 Annual Report in its entirety.
"The past 12 months presented a number of great opportunities and achievements for Marine Atlantic, as well as challenges as we were confronted with the reality of the COVID-19 virus near the end of the fiscal year and its impact on the transportation industry and our service. More than anything, I want to take this opportunity to recognize and thank the hard work, commitment, and dedication of our frontline employees. Their efforts enabled us to make the necessary changes to protect people, our service, and the supply chain during one of the most difficult periods in our recent history. These courageous and dedicated individuals ensured vital supplies were transported efficiently at a time of great uncertainty. Thank you for your commitment, your efforts demonstrate our corporate values."
- Gary O'Brien, Interim Acting Chair, Board of Directors
What Guides Us
To provide a safe, environmentally responsible and quality ferry service between the Island of Newfoundland and the Province of Nova Scotia in a reliable, courteous and cost-effective manner.
An essential, progressive transportation system that people trust to deliver.