Last month, the federal government announced $2.5 million for a roll-on/roll-off ramp for shipping operations at Argentia, and now the port is calling for expressions of interest in a cargo vessel service from Belledune, New Brunswick. Argentia Port Corp. indicates that is about half the total cost of the project, and so the operation will need provincial or private backing to become a reality.

A year-round service specifically designed for cargo could help ease the tension with truckers who have voiced repeatedly their concerns about Marine Atlantic’s services between Port-aux-Basques and Sydney, NS.