A.F. Theriault and Sons Ltd., in Meteghan River, Digby Co., has been awarded the contract to build the new Digby Neck ferry.
The new ferry will replace the 20-year-old Joe Casey, providing service to Brier Island which sees over 30,000 vehicles and 75,000 passengers per year.
The Joe Casey will be used as a spare ferry for provincial operations.
The ferry will be about 35 metres long and 13 metres wide, accommodating 18 cars with additional seating for 10 passengers.
The government has a fleet of nine ferries operating around the province. Delivery of the new ferry is expected to be late next year.