February 15, 2007 15:58 ET

Catalina-Marina Del Rey Flyer and Mountain and Sea Educational Adventures Announce an Exclusive Contract With the Catalina-Marina Del Rey Flyer to Provide Transportation Services to Catalina


MARINA DEL REY, CA and CATALINA ISLAND, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 15, 2007 -- Catalina-Marina Del Rey Flyer (CMDRF) and Mountain and Sea Educational Adventures (MSA) jointly announced today that CMDRF has been awarded a multiyear contract to provide all of the transportation services between the mainland and Santa Catalina Island for MSA. Both companies believe that reliable ferry service is key to expanding access to Catalina Island camps for educational programs.

MSA, a leading Southern California operator of outdoor educational camps, offers overnight science camps in four locations, including Catalina Island. The Catalina Science Camp specializes in marine biology programs, coupled with wilderness adventure activities. MSA's primary Catalina campsite is at Emerald Bay, with additional programs at the Two Harbors Campground. In June 2006, MSA won a long-term contract to be the sole provider of outdoor education programs at Emerald Bay during the months of September through June.

CMDRF will be the exclusive provider of Catalina Island ferry transportation for campers enrolled at any of MSA's Catalina facilities. The contract has a two-year base term and guarantees a level of revenue for cross-channel transportation services starting in March 2007.

The management of both MSA and CMDRF consider this contract to be the first step in a partnership to expand services to Catalina Island. They hope to market other projects related to educational activities, including educational camp programs for public schools, private schools and colleges, both domestically and internationally. Both companies view this partnership as an opportunity to share marketing and other resources.

CMDRF is the exclusive provider of scheduled ferry passenger service from Marina Del Rey to Catalina Island, and the only provider of high-speed ferry charter (non-scheduled) service from Marina Del Rey to Catalina. CMDRF is an approved provider of field trips for the Los Angeles Unified School District. In June 2006, CMDRF launched the "Marina Flyer," a custom-designed, hi-tech ferry capable of high speeds with extreme stability and comfort. This new ferry has been very well accepted by the public and has performed superbly since its launch.

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