PORTLAND (AP) — The Nova Star ferry, after two unsuccessful seasons carrying passengers between Maine and Nova Scotia, has a new job moving people across the Strait of Gibraltar.

The trade publication Shippax says Inter Shipping, a company that operates ferries connecting Morocco with Spain, is chartering the Nova Star from its owner, Singapore Technologies Marine.

The Nova Star will make crossings between Algeciras, Spain, and Tangier, Morocco. The route is popular among North African workers, particularly during Ramadan.

The U.S. Marshals Service in October seized the ferry for debts that exceeded $3 million. Singapore Technologies Marine in December paid off most of its debts and posted a $750,000 surety bond, allowing the vessel to leave port.


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