Ferry Service to Algiers restored

Algiers Ferry returns to service
Photo credit NORTA

The Algiers Point Ferry will resume service today with the charter boat, Margaret Lab. For Sun only, ferry service will run every 30 mins (:00 & :30). Regular ferry service will begin Mon at 6 am. For schedule & fare info, visit https://t.co/MYFFrHyT2H. @CityOfNOLA @mayorcantrell pic.twitter.com/ttMkhFs6cI

— Regional Transit Authority (@NewOrleansRTA) December 15, 2019 Ferry service from Canal Street to Algiers will return at 3pm Sunday afternoon to the Mississippi River after a two month layoff.  

The 162-foot crewboat Margaret Lab is taking on the route.  Initial weekend service will be every 30-minutes.  A start time for the first voyage has yet to be posted.  

Regular ferry service will commence Monday morning at 6am.  

The boat is owned and operated by Labmar Ferry Services, a division of Laborde Marine.  Labmar Ferry Services was selected by the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority to run the ferry system.  The contract for operation of ferry service is tabbed at $6.1-million.  

According to the Times-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate details of the contract include the immediate restoration of service with replacement ferries.  

The lack of ferry service to Algiers has taken a toll on small businesses in the hamlet across the river.  

A check of Laborde's webpage lists the Margaret Lab as a high speed crew boat with a capacity of 72 passengers.  The boat is a sleek cab-forward configuration with deck house and lengthy open stern.  

No other details about the Margaret Lab are available at this time.  

Service on both the Algiers and Chalmette ferries have been curtailed for extended periods of time due to the advanced age of the boats and deferred maintenance by former operator Transdev.  The old ferries were set to be retired when two new boats were to go into service.  

However neither of the two new boats have passed Coast Guard certification for seaworthyness and have had a number of mechanical problems.