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Quest Navigation had proposed earlier this year that it could establish a new ferry service between Nova Scotia and Maine with (their) vessel, the NovaStar.

A ferry between Yarmouth and Maine got a step closer to reality Tuesday when the province announced its choice to operate the service.

STM Quest Inc., a consortium comprised to ST Marine Ltd. and Quest Navigation, will begin negotiations with the province with a view to establishing and running the service between Yarmouth and Portland, Economic and Rural Development Minister Graham Steele said Tuesdsay.

“We are very close to having a ferry service that will stand on its own, a service that can be successful and profitable, that families of Southwest Nova Scotia can count on well into the future,” Steele said in a press release issued not long after his announcement.

STM Quest was one of three firms that submitted business plans to operate the service, which would begin next year, the province said.

Steve Durrell, COO of Quest Navigation, said in the release that his group would “devote” efforts to offer the “best value and a world-class cruise ferry service.”

The province will invest $21 million over seven years to the operator to help maintain the service.

A fact sheet on the negotiations is available here.


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