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Marine Atlantic

Business Address:

10 Fort William Place Suite 802
St.John's Newfoundland and Labrador
A1C 1K4

Contact Information:

Phone: (709) 772-8974
Fax: (709) 772-8975

Marine Atlantic Inc. is a federal Crown Corporation responsible for operating the ferry service between the Island of Newfoundland and the Province of Nova Scotia. Its vessels carry people, vehicles, and commercial units that deliver goods and products to and from the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is constitutionally mandated to perform its transportation service.

The Corporation reports annually to the Government of Canada through the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and works closely with the Minister of State (Transport). A Bilateral Agreement with the Government of Canada sets out the principles that govern the Corporation’s relationship with the shareholder. It also outlines the funding agreements under which the Corporation operates its ferry services. While Marine Atlantic generates revenues from its operations, the majority of required funding is received from the federal government through Transport Canada.

Headquartered in St. John’s, NL, Marine Atlantic operates terminals in the Newfoundland and Labrador ports of Port aux Basques and Argentia and the Nova Scotia port of North Sydney. The Corporation provides ferry services on two routes: a year-round 96 nautical mile daily ferry service between Port aux Basques and North Sydney and a seasonal 280 nautical mile tri-weekly ferry service between Argentia and North Sydney (which operates only during the higher traffic period between mid-June and late-September).


Marine Atlantic is a key employer in each of the three towns in which it operates. Its employees have stable employment opportunities that translate into significant direct and indirect benefits to these areas. Employment levels within the Corporation peak at more than 1,300 persons during the busy summer season. The workforce at Marine Atlantic is predominately unionized; approximately 96 per cent of employees are members of one of the five labour unions covered by six Collective Agreements.


To fulfill its mandate, Marine Atlantic operates a fleet of four ice-class ferries.  The Corporation’s fleet includes the MV Blue Puttees, MV Highlanders, MV Atlantic Vision and the MV Leif Ericson. The fleet of vessels is maintained to high standards and codes such as Transport Canada Marine Safety, American Bureau of Shipping, Lloyds Register and Det Norske Veritas Classification Societies, and complies with the International Safety Management (ISM) Code.


To ensure the safe operation of vessels at sea, Marine Atlantic is governed by various acts and regulations. These include: Canada Labour Code, Marine Occupational Safety and Health Act and Regulations, Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act and Regulations, Marine Liability Act and Regulations, Canada Shipping Act and Regulations, Canada Marine Act, Coastal Trade Act, Domestic Ferries Security Regulations (DFSR), and the Marine Transportation Security Regulations (MTSR) Part III.  The Corporation also falls under the umbrella of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), the pre-eminent of all international treaties concerning the safety of merchant ships.