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Astron Chartered to help clear freight backlog to North Coast

Dutch runner.jpg Astron 2011.jpg The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has chartered the MV Astron to clear a backlog of freight destined for Labrador’s north coast. ” Tom Hedderson, Minister of Transportation and Works. SAYS….A peak in freight demand at this time, coupled with recent MV Dutch Runner service delays, has led to a backlog of freight destined for the north coast of Labrador. By chartering an additional vessel to complete a delivery cycle, we hope to get things moving along the north coast run.” The Astron, is scheduled to arrive at Lewisporte today (Wednesday, August 3) to be loaded with freight. Once loaded, it will immediately depart for Black Tickle and ports north to Nain this evening orTomorrow morning. The Dutch Runner is currently operating on a revised schedule to clear backlogged specialized freight to the north coast, including refrigerated containers and construction materials. This charter happened after after Minister Hedderson and the Honourable Patty Pottle, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, met with both a delegation headed by the Nunatsiavut Government and with the Mushuau Innu Band Council on July 26. It is expected the MV Dutch Runner will soon return to the standard delivery schedule. Department of Transportation and Works officials will monitor the freight service to ensure all subsequent freight is delivered in a timely manner.