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Nova Scotia Panel Rejects Proposals on Ferry Service to Maine
03/05/2013 12:01 PM ET  

Economic Development Minister Percy Paris says a government committee concluded that neither bid met its criteria, and a new procurement process is being launched.

According to a Canadian Press report, a Nova Scotia government committee has rejected two proposals to resume a ferry service linking Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, to Maine. Economic Development Minister Percy Paris says the committee concluded that neither bid met its criteria.

Paris says the government will launch a new procurement process with the hopes of a 2014 start date. The proposals were submitted in January by Quest Navigation Inc. of Eliot, Maine, and Maritime Applied Physics Corp, a Baltimore-based engineering firm.

Last fall, Premier Darrell Dexter said the government was willing to commit up to $21 million over seven years to revive the service if a private operator could be found, and Ottawa provided millions in upgrades for the Yarmouth terminal facility, according to the Herald News.

The government announced in December 2009 that it would stop subsidizing the service.




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