The advocacy board recommended the PUC division grant the new company, A&R Marine, with a certificate of public convenience and necessity, according to The Portsmouth Times.
This decision makes the possibility of A&R Marine's ferry service more of a reality.
The Prudence Island ferry is currently operated under a business known as Prudence Island Ferry Inc., which has been owned by Bruce Medley since the mid-1980s.
A discussion about ferry services began last year when Medley announced he would retire.
Medley originally said the ferry service would end on Dec. 1; however, he later took back this statement. The Prudence Island Ferry Service does not plan on closing now.
However, the retirement announcement set into motion a discussion about ferry services.
Recently, a new company, A&R Marine, which would operate as Prudence and Bay Islands Transport, has submitted its application to the PUC.
A&R Marine would operate as Prudence and Bay Islands Transport, according to its application. The company was formed by Ethan Rossi, who holds a captain’s license, and Patricia Rossi, both of Prudence Island, and Stephen Antaya and Danial Antaya, both of Richmond.
The application was filed on Sept. 19. It seeks a certificate of public convenience and necessity.
The new company will have to prove that is “fit, willing and able to provide ferry service” and that there is a need for the ferry service.
With Prudence Island Ferry already offering a service to the island, A&R also must prove that the service is inadequate or would be down the road.What do you think about this latest decision? Tell us in the comment section below.