August 20, 2013

Nova Scotia official to visit Maine to discuss new ferry service

By Jessica Hall jhall@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

PORTLAND — Nova Scotia's economic minister will be in Portland on Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss new ferry service between Maine and Canada.

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A Maine company called Quest Navigation Inc., has joined with International Shipping Partners of Miami and ST Marine of Singapore for a proposal to operate at ferry service between New England and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The vessel, built in Singapore, would be called the Nova Star. It would have 162 cabins, two restaurants and a maximum capacity for 1,215 passengers. It would be 59-feet longer than the Scotia Prince, which operated between Portland and Yarmouth from 1982 to 2004.

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Graham Steele, minister of economic and rural development and tourism, will be in Portland to meet with various groups and officials, including Gov. Paul LePage and Portland Mayor Michael Brennan.

Last week, Steele said STM Quest Inc., a joint venture by Eliot-based Quest Navigation Inc. and two other firms, was tapped to set up and run a ferry service between Portland and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The service would restore a ferry operation that was cut in December 2009.

Canadian officials have pledged to subsidize the ferry service at $3 million a year for seven years.

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