(Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet)
The Department of Transportation has begun negotiations with Coastal Transport Ltd. of Saint John to finalize a deal under the Fundy Islands Ferry Services Project.
The department is looking for a company to take over the operation and maintenance of the Grand Manan, White Head, and Deer Island vessels and associated wharves for the next 16 years.
Fisheries Minister Rick Doucet tells CHSJ News the transition should be smooth.
He says he hopes when an agreement is made it satisfies the people living on the islands and the taxpayers.
The current contract with Coastal as operator of the Grand Manan and White Head services, expires in March.