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Ferry Operator Wants Another $2 Million From Nova Scotia

PORTLAND, Maine — The company that operated a ferry that ran between Portland, Maine, and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, says the Canadian province owes it $2 million.

Mark Amundsen, CEO and president of Nova Star Cruises, tells the Portland Press Herald that the company can pay most of its bills if the province gives the company the money he says it's owed. But Nova Scotia officials say the province already has given Amundsen millions of dollars more than it had promised and is not obligated to give any more.

Amundsen wants $2 million that the Canadian government used to cover a surety bond required by the U.S. Maritime Commission but later took back. That would go a long way toward paying $2.9 million in claims by creditors who say they have unpaid bills.