ST. ANTHONY, N.L.
There is work yet to be done to prepare St. Anthony Harbour to receive larger vessels.
Divers were in town last week inspecting dredging completed in August to remove what was known as harbour rock and deepen the channel to nine metres.
Harbour master Malcolm Campbell confirmed that the dive team found the nine-metre requirement was not met, but could not provide details as to how much more material needs to be removed pending a final engineering report.
He did say that the contractor, B&R Enterprises, is contractually required to complete the work, although he did not know when the company would be able to return. He is hoping it will be this year.
Once done, the harbour will be able to accommodate cruise ships and larger container vessels. The town and St. Anthony Port Authority hope this will increase tourism and bolster international shipping opportunities.
The total cost of the contract was $1.5 million, the local portion of which was $150,000. Campbell did not think the town or port authority would incur any further cost to complete the work.
B&R crews are currently working in Labrador. The Northern Pen was unable to reach anyone from the company who could comment on the matter.