- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Officials say “The Cat,” a new ferry contracted to transport passengers from Portland to Nova Scotia, has finished its sea trials in South Carolina and is headed to Maine.

The Portland Press Herald reports (https://bit.ly/25AXnFP ) the 349-foot vessel recently departed from Charleston, South Carolina following two months of renovations and repairs.

Ferry service between the ports of Portland and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia is scheduled to resume on June 15.

The Cat is expected to make the 185-nautical-mile trip in five and a half hours. That’s about half the time it took the ferry’s predecessor, the Nova Star, to complete the voyage.

Mark MacDonald, CEO of Bay Ferries LTD, says final prep for the service includes receiving final regulatory approvals, issuance of certification and the training and testing of life-saving appliances.


Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com

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