Portland committee supports lease agreement for Nova Star

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Ocean Gateway in Portland.

A committee of the City of Portland has given its unanimous support to a lease agreement at the Ocean Gateway terminal in Portland for the Nova Star ferry that will sail between there and Yarmouth.

The city’s housing and community development committee voted on the lease agreement March 12 and the matter next will go to city council.

The lease could could pay the city between $150,000 and $400,000 annually, according to a news report out of Portland.

Nova Star Cruises still plans on having the new ferry service start by May 1, although it still needs the go-ahead from the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission, which has 60 days to review permit applications.

Nova Star Cruises president Mark Amundsen was quoted by a Portland media outlet that the required permits would be issued soon.

He said the Nova Star is scheduled to leave Singapore Friday, headed for Yarmouth. It would then go to Portland, where it would undergo final inspections by the coast guard.

Organizations: Nova Star Cruises, Portland committee, Ocean Gateway terminal U.S. Federal Maritime Commission

Geographic location: Portland, Yarmouth, Singapore

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