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Nova Scotia hires $1,200-a-day consultant to fix Bluenose II problems

Bluenose II waits in port in Lunenburg, N.S., on May 28, 2014.

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The Nova Scotia government has hired a consultant to help it look at the latest problem to emerge with the restoration of the Bluenose II.

Wilson Fitt of Costello Fitt Ltd. will report to the deputy minister in the Premier's office about a rudder issue on the sailing vessel.

Laurel Munroe, the Premier's press secretary, says Fitt's company will be paid $1,200 per day that it works.

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The vessel has been undergoing a multiyear restoration that's been plagued by budget overruns and repeated delays.

The province says Fitt will provide direction to and work directly with the builder, the vessel operators and a new design team to find a quick solution to the rudder issue.

Fitt will recommend designers and other consultants as needed, stay in touch with the American Bureau of Shipping and be directly involved in meetings, tests and sea trials.

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