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First e-Link Commuting ferries planned for Halifax market

A demonstration project will have Halifax ferries connecting Cable Wharf to the historic Georges Island in Nova Scotia (File photograph)

A Bermuda company created to build and advance eco-friendly small-scale, fully electric, cost-efficient shuttle boats that meet net-zero climate change goals and withstand marine and weather conditions around the world, is collaborating with one of Canada’s premier sightseeing tour companies.

The start-up, e-Link Commuting Co Ltd, will work with Ambassatours Gray Line to provide a demonstration project with at least two e-Link shuttle ferries that will connect Cable Wharf to Georges Island and potentially provide sightseeing tours in Halifax Harbour and down the Northwest Arm in Nova Scotia.

Determined to transform passenger and small freight mobility on the water, e-Link has assembled a largely Canadian-based team of expertise with deep understanding and experience in the transportation sector.

Due to the modular design of its shuttles, e-Link plans to assemble the new vessels in the Maritimes.

Andrew Vaucrosson, e-Link co-founder, said: “We are grateful to be working with Ambassatours, who have the right mindset and routes to showcase our shuttle platform solution.

“From the numerous ferry operators and locations around the world we have engaged with, we are excited in doing this launch in Canada due to our strong Canadian ties.”

Ambassatours CEO Dennis Campbell noted: “We recognise the need to innovate and find alternative ways of doing things to lower our impact to climate change.

“This demonstration project is our effort to demonstrate this commitment not only to our community, to our customers, but more importantly to our planet.”

Alan Burland, e-Link cofounder, added: “This project with Ambassatours reinforces the strong ties between Halifax and Bermuda.

“From a maritime historical perspective to current economic, education and trade, we are pleased to have a strong foundation to build upon and we are delighted to be working with such a fine company as Ambassatours.”

Mr Burland is a longtime Bermuda businessman and Olympic sailor.

A unique team of naval architects, multi-disciplined engineers, investment managers, experienced mariners and environmental activists from around the world incorporated e-Link in 2018 with its base of operations established in Bermuda.

The shuttle boats are designed to meet future scale of production demands and to encompass sustainability principles aligned with a circular economy.

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Published February 08, 2023 at 7:49 am (Updated February 08, 2023 at 7:49 am)

First e-Link Commuting ferries planned for Halifax market

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