New Pelee Island Ferry now in service
April 12, 2019
Global Korean Post
Ontario’s government has launched the new Pelee Islander II ferry to make it easier to get people moving.
On April 5, Jeff Yurek, Minister of Transportation, and Rick Nicholls, MPP for Chatham-Kent-Leamington, were at the docks in Leamington to announce that the Pelee Islander II will officially go into service on April 6, 2019.
The Pelee Islander II ferry will improve the daily lives of people on Pelee Island and the surrounding communities by providing more modern and reliable service.
“Our government is taking a different approach to fiscal management, job creation and how to deliver core services by putting people first,” said Minister Yurek. “We are providing relief to the people of Pelee Island and Essex County by reducing wait times with a new, larger ferry.”
“This important service shows that Ontario is open for business, open for jobs,” Minister Yurek said.
The brand-new ferry will benefit the local economy by bringing more tourists to and from Pelee Island and making it easier for businesses to move their goods between the island and mainland.
“The ferries travelling to Pelee Island and the mainland are in fact a much needed lifeline for the residents of the island as well as for economic growth through agriculture and tourism,” said MPP Nicholls. “This new, modern ferry will make travelling more enjoyable and reliable for everyone.”
Last summer, the ferry arrived in Kingsville, Ontario, before reaching its destination at the docks in Leamington, Ontario. After extensive crew training and securing the necessary safety and regulatory approvals from Transport Canada, the new ferry is ready to enter service.
The new ferry will replace the nearly 60-year-old Pelee Islander. The Pelee Islander II is larger than its predecessor, the Pelee Islander, and can carry a maximum of 399 passengers and either 34 cars, or 16 cars and four tractor trailers.
Pelee Island receives nearly 50,000 visitors each year. The ferry will service the existing docks at Pelee Island, Leamington and Kingsville.