PORTLAND — Maine officials have convinced Holland America cruise line to purchase locally caught lobsters for its cruise ships when they visit Bar Harbor several times this season.

The first delivery from the Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound takes place when the Maasdam visits Friday.

WNSX-FM says the collaborate efforts of a Bar Harbor councilor, state senator, lobster pound owner and Cruise Maine is independent of efforts of Rep. Chellie Pingree, who’s also urging the cruise ships that bring tens of thousands of visitors to Portland to serve locally caught lobsters.

The Democrat announced Monday that she had sent a letter to the owners of 15 cruise ship lines that visit the state suggesting that buy Maine lobster.