CAT ferry service from Bar Harbor delayed ’til mid-summer

Posted by on Jun 15, 2019 in Local News | Comments Off on CAT ferry service from Bar Harbor delayed ’til mid-summer

Bay Ferries Ltd. has announced a delay in the re-commencement of 2019 ferry service between Bar Harbor and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. 

Delays have arisen mainly due to the complexity of construction and the approvals process associated with the renovation of the Bar Harbor ferry terminal, according to a Bay Ferries news release.

It’s anticipated the earliest date on which any service could begin is in the mid-summer.

Reservations before July 7 have been cancelled and progress will be continually assessed going forward, the release said.

The company will make contact customers directly regarding those reservations and explain options, including travel on MV Fundy Rose between Saint John, New Brunswick, and Digby, Nova Scotia.

Bay Ferries announced in Feburary that is would be returning to Bar Harbor this year. 

“This year we are undertaking a substantial rebuilding of the Bar Harbor ferry terminal to prepare for the return of The CAT,” the release said.

The original schedule called for starting service June 21. 

In January, Bay Ferries CEO Mark MacDonald told Mainebiz that the federal government shutdown at that time was hampering Bay Ferries Ltd.’s processing of plans to re-establish ferry service between Bar Harbor and Nova Scotia.

The town of Bar Harbor began negotiating with Bay Ferries last summer about restarting the high-speed ferry service. 

Bay Ferries operated the CAT between Bar Harbor and Nova Scotia from 1997 to 2010. The company subsequently moved the ferry to Portland. The town of Bar Harbor last year purchased the terminal where the CAT had previously operated. Bay Ferries indicated it wanted to resume service in Bar Harbor and agreed to pay some of the costs for improving the terminal and pay to lease the property.

The company began demolition work at the terminal late this past winter.

 

 

Article source: https://www.mainebiz.biz/article/cat-ferry-service-from-bar-harbor-delayed-til-mid-summer