Fundy Rose adds more trips to Saint John

Ferry service between Digby and Saint John changes schedule to accommodate commercial traffic.

Published on January 12, 2016

The Fundy Rose entered into service on the Digby Saint John July 28.

©Jonathan Riley

DIGBY - Bay Ferries announced Jan. 12 it’s adding three additional runs per week to its ferry schedule in response to increased demand from the trucking and seafood industry.

Speaking over the phone on Tuesday afternoon, vice-president of operations Don Cormier confirmed sailings have been added to the peak crossing days of Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday for in January.

 “The approach is two fold.  We’ve included additional sails on peak days, and effective today we’ve made a change to sailing time,” said Cormier.

The ferry will now sail from Saint John at 8 a.m., an hour earlier than before.

“This is so we can sandwich a round trip all in one day and still facilitate an evening crossing from Digby.”

Changes are effective immediately, Cormier said.

The increased level of service and schedule change is in anticipation of an increase in exported seafood due, in part, to a good season and strong prices on the market.

The decision from Bay Ferries comes following a meeting between Cormier and representatives of the trucking and seafood industry in Yarmouth  Jan. 7 to discuss the commercial customers concerns over the ferry service’s

Editor's note: An earlier version of the story stated the ferry's day would begin in Digby. The first run of the day is from Saint John.