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Issues remain after safety check of Bluenose II

Bluenose II, Nova Scotia's sailing ambassador, waits in port in Lunenburg, N.S. on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.

The Nova Scotia government says some issues remain with the Bluenose II after the American Bureau of Shipping conducted a check on Thursday.

Spokeswoman Elizabeth MacDonald says the bureau was at the site of the Bluenose II in Lunenburg to conduct a safety equipment check and go over Transport Canada requirements.

MacDonald says the project team is working with the bureau to address outstanding issues and expects to receive information next week about what remains to be completed.

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MacDonald would not elaborate on the nature of the issues.

A day before the safety check, the province had planned to take the restored Bluenose II for a much-anticipated test, but it was called off because it was missing a certificate from the bureau that would allow the vessel to set sail.

The Bluenose II has been undergoing a multi-year restoration that's been plagued by budget overruns and repeated delays, the latest caused by a problem with the vessel's steering system.

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