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Traverse de Rivière-du-Loup : the STQ officially looking for a shipowner private

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The Société des ferryiers has just launched a call of interest for the ferry service between Rivière-du-Loup and Saint-Siméon. (Archive photo)

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The Société des traversiers du Québec (STQ) is launching a call for help. interest in finding a private shipowner who could manage the ferry service between Rivière-du-Loup and Saint-Siméon.

This call has just been published, two months after the Minister of Transport, Geneviève Guilbault, revealed that her government wanted to evaluate this option, which remains conditional on the fact that Quebec decides to maintain the service to Rivière-du-Loup .

In addition to managing operations, the chosen shipowner should take care of carrying out the dredging work at the dock. Wolf River.

Interested companies have until February 16 to submit their proposal.

According to the notice found on the Electronic Call for Tenders System of the Government of Quebec, interested companies will be able to complete a survey to make their proposal known. However, it is impossible to know what questions are found in this document. A confidentiality agreement must be signed by the managers of these companies to obtain the STQ questionnaire.

LoadingAn Estrie union affiliated with the FAE advises its members to reject the agreement

ELSEWHERE ON INFO: An Estrie union affiliated with the FAE advises its members to reject the agreement

The MP for Rivière-du-Loup–Témiscouata, Amélie Dionne, did not want to comment for the moment on this new stage in the process which aims to determine the possible home port of the ferry which will connect Bas-Saint-Laurent in Charlevoix.

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Amélie Dionne, MP for Rivière-du-Loup-Témiscouata.

At a press conference on December 21, the MP stressed that this was the last stone to be turned over so that the Council of Ministers had all the information necessary to make a decision.

I would like a decision to be made as quickly as possible. I understand people's impatience.

A quote from Amélie Dionne, MP for Rivière-du-Loup-Témiscouata

Last November, the general director of the CTMA company, Emmanuel Aucoin, declared that summary discussions had already taken place with the Quebec government on this issue. The company, whose head office is located in the Îles-de-la-Madeleine, did not close the door to submitting an offer as part of the call for interest.

At the time of publishing these lines, the CTMA had not responded to our request for an interview. We therefore do not know if the company is still interested.

The STQ, for its part, did not wish to comment.

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