The Province of Nova Scotia Today issued a tender for the construction of a new 18 car Ferry to run on Grand passage, which is the run between Long island and Brier Island at the end of Digby Neck.
The Route is Currently served by the Joe Casey, Built by AF Theriault in 1995. the Digby neck is also severed by the 2003 Halifax shipyard built Petit Princess, which runs between the mainland and long island. (See those boats here)
Its unclear what the plan for the Joe Cassey is, however she will likely take the place of one of the older ferries in the Provincial highways fleet. its worth noting that the design calls for dual Voith Drives – like the Halifax Harbour ferries use, and unlike the Z drive arrangement used on the current boats.
you can grab the tender documents, Which include a full drawing set at:http://novascotia.ca/tenders/tenders/tender-details.aspx?id=60146868