Company proposes new ferry across Lake Erie; would handle 65 trucks

| 12/12/2005

Drivers wishing to avoid the congestion at the Detroit-Windsor border crossing may soon have another alternative.

A company called Short Sea Lines is proposing a ferry crossing between two ports on Lake Erie – Fairport Harbor, OH, on the American side, and Port Burwell, Ontario, on the Canadian side. Exact locations for the proposed ferry docks have yet to be determined. The Fairport hub will likely be in Grand River, Ohio, according to The Tillsonburg News.

The 50-mile direct ferry would include a capacity for 65 trucks, according to the newspaper.

Short Sea Lines is the third company to float a proposal for a border ferry on the Great Lakes since 2003.

Seaway Marine Transport earlier this year proposed a truck-only ferry from Erie, PA, to Nanticoke, Ontario.

The Canadian American Transportation Systems is currently working on a proposal for a truck-only ferry from Cleveland, OH, to Sarnia, Ontario. CATS currently transports passenger vehicles from Toronto to Rochester, NY.