Bar Harbor is closer to seeing the return of an international ferry service after a 10-year hiatus. Last Thursday the town closed on the $3.5 Million purchase of the Eden Street Ferry terminal property from the Maine Department of Transportation.
Bar Harbor Town Manager Cornell Knight says Bay Ferries Ltd., which operates The Cat Ferry, anticipates signing a lease over the next week or so.
“But they're still working out details with customs and border protections, which have been delayed due to the government shutdown,” she says.
Knight says the town council has authorized him to sign a 5 year lease with the company. He says, while Bay Ferries was shooting for a June start date, the delays have made that more difficult, but the company is hoping to be up and running this season.
“We're looking forward to signing lease soon and having international ferry service back in bar harbor after a 10 year hiatus,” says Knight.
For the past 3 seasons Portland has hosted the ferry service to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.