Marine Atlantic Registers Name for New Vessel

St. John’s, NL – With a commitment and focus on Truth and Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, Marine Atlantic today announced that its new vessel will be named the Ala’suinu (pronounced Ah-laa-sue-in-ou) a name that means “Traveller” in Mi’kmaq.

The new energy efficient vessel is expected to enter service in 2024 and will incorporate the latest accessibility standards, carry up to 1000 passengers, have 146 passenger cabins (including pet friendly cabins), 40 passenger pods, a variety of food service options, seating lounges, a children’s play area, and a kennel for pets.


“Truth and Reconciliation is very important to Marine Atlantic and our employees. As we looked at options for the naming of our new vessel, our employees overwhelmingly highlighted this as their top priority. We consulted with Indigenous stakeholders regarding potential names that would recognize their culture and heritage in a respectful and meaningful manner. We are very proud to name our new vessel the Ala’suinu and celebrate this connection to our Mi’kmaq communities. We look forward to its arrival early next year.”

Murray Hupman
President and CEO, Marine Atlantic

Marine Atlantic is a Canadian federal Crown corporation tasked with fulfilling the constitutional mandate of offering freight and passenger service between the Provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia.

Media Contact:

Darrell Mercer, Corporate Communications
Telephone: (709) 772-0073 or (709) 727-2405
e-mail: [email protected]