May 29, 2014 10:42 am

N.S. minister confident Yarmouth ferry will survive initial year

The Nova Star Cruises Ltd. ferry service from Portland, Maine to Yarmouth, N.S. completes its first trip with passengers.

Julia Wong / Global News

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s economic development minister says he has confidence in the company running the ferry service from his province to Maine.

Michel Samson says he believes Nova Star Cruises will be able to weather a challenging startup year.

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The ferry has been out of service since Tuesday to allow Nova Star Cruises to replace a marine evacuation system that it borrowed with its own one.

The company was required to activate its own system, which includes an inflatable chute and four life-rafts, during an inspection last month by the U.S. Coast Guard.

The ferry service re-establishing a marine link between Nova Scotia and the northeastern U.S. only resumed two weeks ago.

The ferry is scheduled to return to service later Thursday.

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