The Newfoundland government has once again chartered the Astron to help clear a backlog of freight in Lewisporte, Newfoundland that has to be shipped to the North coast of Labrador.
The CBC New reported that the Dutch Runner will not be back next year, due to the fact the ship is not suitable for the service. One problem is the Runner is slow and cannot ship the freigt fast enough to local communities.
Government is going to look for a replacement with the help of CAI Nunatsiavut Marine, but if one can't be found they will go to tender to find a suitable ship that has to have roll on / roll off. The government was hoping to have the Sir Robert bond back but the ship is still in St. John's undergoing inspections.