Nova Star bow door.
By Carla Allen
A spokesperson for STM Quest says the company is excited to start moving “full steam ahead” with their plans to re-establish the Yarmouth-Portland ferry service next May.
“We’ll provide the public with an update on plans when the necessary agreements are completely finalized,” said Sean Lewis, with National Public Relations.
“As Minister (Graham) Steele mentioned, Quest Navigation executives are in Singapore finalizing the details of the joint venture with ST Marine,” said Lewis.
The 161-meter Nova Star has the capacity to carry 1,250 passengers and 300 vehicles. It was originally built to ferry passengers and vehicles across the English Channel and is currently at a dock in Singapore, where it was built by ST Marine Ltd. The shipbuilder is partnering with Maine’s Quest Navigation to provide the service.
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STM Quest is contracting Miami-based International Shipping Partners to run Nova Star Cruises.
The province will provide STM Quest $21 million over seven years, with a number of terms and conditions that must be met. Of the $21 million, $10.5 million will go toward start-up costs, with $1.5 million each year for marketing over seven years.