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Nova Scotia government signs amended deal to re-establish ferry service to Maine

The government of Nova Scotia has signed an amended agreement to re-establish a ferry service between Yarmouth and Portland, Maine.

A deal to resume the ferry link was announced in September by the previous NDP government, nearly four years after it scrapped a subsidy for the money-losing service.

Nova Scotia Tourism Minister Michel Samson says that agreement has been revised to give the provincial government greater ability to audit the books of STM Quest, which has agreed to operate the service.

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The company has committed to run the daily cruise ferry service from May 1 until Nov. 2 of next year under the name Nova Star Cruises.

Samson says the government is still willing to provide the company with a $21-million forgivable loan over seven years.

Of that, $10.5-million would go towards startup costs in the first year, with another $1.5-million set aside annually for marketing.

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