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Digby's former ferry, Princess Acadia, to be scrapped

The Princess Acadia closing in on Digby's ferry terminal.
The Princess Acadia closing in on Digby's ferry terminal.

DIGBY, NS - If you’re looking for a unique way to spend Canada Day, look no further than the federal government’s RFP for the scrapping of Digby’s former ferry, the Princess of Acadia.

The government issued a tender notice Mar. 22 that the ship has reached the end of her operational life. The ship is currently in an “unmanned and cold state,” and is ready to be dismantled. The process is mandated to begin around July 1st. Bidding is restricted to contracting companies in eastern Canada.

The tender is seeking interested parties who want to bid on the project. The dismantling, a process called ship breaking, must be done in “an efficient and environmentally responsible manner.”

As described by the definition of ship breaking listed in the tender notice, the whole vessel must be systematically scrapped by “dismantling and disposing or recycling of all its component parts and hazardous materials.”

A bidders conference is scheduled for Apr. 5 at the Canadian Coast Guard College in Sydney, followed by a mandatory site visit for bidders Apr. 6, also at the college.

Any contractor considering a bid must notify Public Works by Apr. 5.

Canadian Pacific constructed the vessel in 1971 at the Saint John Shipyard specifically for the ferry run between Digby and Saint John, N.B.

The Princess Acadia was replaced in 2015 by Digby’s current ferry, the MV Fundy Rose.

The scrapping process of Princess Acadia must be completed within the next year before Jun. 30, 2018.

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