05/16/2013 07:18 EDT | Updated 07/16/2013 05:12 EDT

Residents will be consulted before ferry changes, says Newfoundland government

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - The Newfoundland and Labrador government is looking for ways to make the province's ferry system more efficient.

Transportation Minister Paul Davis says there is overlap in services provided in many parts of the province, including the south coast.

His department is conducting a review of the ferry system.

Some residents in south coast communities such as Francois and Hermitage have expressed concern that their service might be cut.

Davis says communities will continue to be serviced, and residents will be consulted before any changes are made.

As an example, Davis says his department discovered last year that one ferry operating in the province averaged fewer than two people per crossing.

In those cases, he says vessels with a smaller passenger capacity can be used.