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November 27, 2017 - End of Passenger and Freight Service for Happy Valley - Goose Bay

Nunatsiavut Marine would like to advise that the Passenger and freight service out of Goose Bay for 2017 will come to an end this week. The MV Northern Ranger departed today for its regular passenger sailing from Happy Valley - Goose Bay, calling ports to Black Tickle and return. The vessel is expected back in Goose Bay around mid-week, weather and ice conditions permitting. Upon return, the vessel will prepare to sail to Lewisporte and begin freight runs to the North Coast. During the last sailing from Happy Valley - Goose Bay, passenger service will be permitted as far as Black Tickle and this will be the final passenger stop for 2017.

The MV Astron is expected to arrive in Happy Valley - Goose Bay this week to load for ports as far as Postville, before proceeding to Lewisporte to make her final freight runs for the 2017 shipping season.

At this time acceptance of freight is based on planned routing and available space. Please contact the freight office prior to bringing your cargo to the dock to avoid any misunderstanding regarding the acceptance of your goods for shipment.

Nov 23, 2017 - Northern Ranger Mechanical Issue Resolved

The Ranger will be departing Goose Bay at 900 AM Northbound. The Captain will keep the webpage updated as he progresses. It is anticipated that this trip will be on a load and go basis. 

Nunatsiavut Marine recognizes the importance of the Northern Ranger transporting passengers and your cargo on the coast. We sincerely apologize for the inconveniences this mechanical delay may have caused and appreciate your patience as we worked our way through it. 

Safety is of the utmost importance to Nunatsiavut Marine and we had to make sure that the bowthruster was functioning properly so that the ship could be safely docked and undocked. 

Once again thank you for your patience. 

Gary Latimer, General Manager, NMI

November 22, 2017 - MV Northern Ranger Mechanical Issue Update

Our engineers and electrician, troubleshooting through the night, have been unable to repair the bow thruster issue. Factory technicians en route to Goose Bay yesterday were delayed due to weather. They are scheduled to arrive today and will provide expert assistance towards resolving the issue.

NMI will continue to provide regular updates as repairs progress.

November 21, 2017 - MV Northern Ranger Mechanical Issue Update

Gary Latimer, General manager of Nunatsiavut Marine Inc (NMI) released the following statement on November 21 at 5 PM 

Due to mechanical issues with the bow thruster on the MV Northern Ranger, the vessel’s departure from Goose Bay to ports North has been further delayed. 

The ships Engineers and Electrician continue to work through the problem in consultation with several outside technicians who have not yet been able to travel to Goose Bay, but are doing what they can to travel later this evening or early tomorrow am. 

“NMI will do all it can to move people and cargo safely to ports along the north coast. We understand that with winter approaching, north coast residents are anxious to get supplies in place for winter. NMI will continue to provide regular updates as repairs progress.”

Gary Latimer
General Manager, NMI

October 11, 2017 - Incident During Lifeboat Drill Causes Injuries on Northern Ranger

A mishap occurred during a mandatory lifeboat drill aboard the Northern Ranger during its stop in Nain today. It resulted in one crew member being airlifted to St. John’s for medical observation. Three other crew were treated at the clinic in Nain, and have since been released. They are now back on board the ship.  

During the drill, the lifeboat had been lowered into the water without incident. The mishap occurred during the retrieval, when a mechanism that secures the lifeboat released, sending the bow of the boat into the water. One crew member was thrown into the water, and another suffered a cut to his head. The other two crew were shaken up, but not injured.

Nunatsiavut Marine (NMI), which operates the Northern Ranger under contract to the provincial government, immediately reported the incident to the Coast Guard. After discussions with Coast Guard, the vessel was given clearance to continue its journey southward, to ports enroute to Goose Bay. The Northern Ranger will operate on a load and go basis on the trip south.

The incident is under investigation by marine authorities. Nunatsiavut Marine is cooperating fully with the investigation. NMI has an experienced crew and has a strong safety culture. The company will conduct its own review of the incident, and of its safety processes and procedures.

NMI is supporting the people involved in today’s incident. We are committed to a safe operation, and to protecting the well-being of our employees and passengers.

September 14, 2017 - Freight Cut-off Deadlines Approaching

Nunatsiavut Marine Inc. (NMI) is reminding commercial customers that the cut-off deadline for commercial contractor shipping is less than one month away. Commercial contractor equipment and materials will need to be at our facilities by October 15.

The guaranteed delivery deadline for all other residential freight and household goods is October 31.

“We will continue to accept items for shipping after these dates based on available space and vessel routing, though delivery of items accepted after these dates cannot be guaranteed,” says NMI General Manager Gary Latimer. “This is a good time for people planning both commercial and other shipments to plan to have their goods at our facilities on time.” 

The north coast freight and passenger service will actually end in December. However, two factors enter into the October freight deadlines. “The weather can be quite unpredictable in the fall, and that can affect the length of the season,” said Latimer. “And because we are heading into winter, residents and commercial operations are bringing in large volumes of freight. It becomes impossible to guarantee delivery if we don’t set deadlines.”

August 25, 2017 - Cut-off Dates for the 2017 North Coast of Labrador Freight Service

Nunatsiavut Marine wishes to advise customers that the cut-off dates for the 2017 shipping season are as follows:

Oct 15, 2017 - Commercial Contractor Equipment and Materials
Oct 31, 2017 - All Other Residential Freight and Household Goods

Please note that Nunatsiavut Marine will continue to accept freight for shipping to the North Coast based on available space and routing as long as conditions allow. However, delivery of items received after the deadline cannot be guaranteed.

August 8, 2017 - New Policy Regarding the Transportation of Pets

Nunatsiavut Marine wishes to advise travellers that a new policy has been implemented to allow for the safe transportation of pets on the MV Northern Ranger. The policy can be viewed by clicking here.
The policy is designed to protect you and your pet, as well as other passengers. Travellers wishing to bring their pets are advised that the Terms and Conditions for Pet Travel must be agreed to and signed prior to allowing your pet to board the vessel.
Nunatsiavut Marine thanks travellers for their patience and cooperation in this matter.

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Passenger/Freight Service for MV Northern Ranger

Nunatsiavut Marine, Newfoundland and Labrador's coastal service provider, invites you to sail with us on the MV Northern Ranger.  Explore Labrador's rugged coast on our passenger ferry service, designed with your comfort in mind.  Your satisfaction is our number one priority.

Our services include a variety of hot and cold dishes served daily in our cafeteria, including local cuisine whenever possible.  A snack bar will be offered. 

Experience Labrador's ferry service renaissance for yourself, and enjoy the breathtaking views of the coast while immersed in the relaxing atmosphere of the MV Northern Ranger.

Freight/Cargo Service
The cargo ship will originate in Lewisporte, NL and deliver cargo and goods to Black Tickle, Makkovik, Postville, Hopedale, Natuashish and Nain, and will stop as required in the coastal Labrador communities on its way to 
Rigolet and Goose Bay.  The vessel will then reload in Goose Bay and depart for Rigolet, Makkovik, Postville, Hopedale, Natuashish and Nain and will stop as required in the coastal Labrador communities on its way back to Black Tickle and re-load again in Lewisporte.   Vessel operates based on freight demand.  

Due to the opening of Phase III of the Trans Labrador Highway which connects Goose Bay to Cartwright to Southern Labrador, we cannot accept freight from Lewisporte to Goose Bay or Cartwright and vice-versa.


Goose Bay Ferry Terminal and Freight Office:

Main Dock, Terrington Basin, Happy Valley - Goose Bay, NL A0P 1E0
Freight Office:  709.896.2278 or 709.896.2284
Fax:  709.896.2264 
Closed for the Season
Reservations:  709.896.2262 or Toll Free 1.855.896.2262
Hours: Monday to Friday 8 am to 5 pm
Ticket Office Closed for the Season

Our on-line reservation system is available 24 hrs a day, 7 days per week. Just follow the reservations link at the top of this page.

Lewisporte Freight office: 
Main Dock, 123 Main Street, Lewisporte, NL  A0G 3A0
Freight Office: 
Administration Office: 709.535.3526
Hours:  Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday closed

The acceptance of Refrigerated Cargo is by appointment only. All commercial shippers require an appointment for drop-off.

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