New Pelee Island ferry expected to arrive next spring
Pelee Islander II. (MTO / Twitter)
The replacement for the aging Pelee Islander ferry has been revealed.
The Ministry of Transportation tweeted a photo of the new ferry where it’s being built at ship yard in Chile.
Asenav received the $40 million contract to build the new ferry in 2015.
The decision angered Hike Metal Products of Wheatley. The shipbuilder also applied for the contract, but the owner told CTV News that his company was quickly disqualified without a reason.
“It's preposterous that our government would pull something like this. It’s definitely put a sour taste in my mouth, no doubt,” said Hike president Andy Stanton in 2015.
In a follow-up statement to CTV News in 2015, Ministry of Transportation spokesperson Liane Fischer said Asenav submitted the best value bid.
“Ontario follows non-discriminatory and geographically neutral procurement practices. An independent fairness monitor participated in the procurement, including the evaluations, to ensure a fair, open and transparent process."
Pelee Island has 6,000 acres of farmland, and the new ferry will be able to move transports, construction and farm equipment.
The MTO says the new ferry is expected to arrive in Lake Erie in May or June.
It is scheduled to be put into service sometime in the 2018 season.