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Report: No Cat Ferry Trips Between Bar Harbor And Nova Scotia This Year

Robert F. Bukaty
Associated Press
The Cat ferry arrives in Portland Harbor, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

Canadian officials have confirmed that there will be no Cat Ferry service between Bar Harbor, Maine and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia this year, according to CBC News.Work continues on renovations to the Bar Harbor terminal so that it meets modern, homeland security requirements.

Bay Ferries decided last year to shift its U.S. terminal to Bar Harbor after it began running into restrictions on use of Portland's Ocean Gateway terminal because of the rise in cruise ship visits to the city
The service has become a source of political friction in Nova Scotia. The ruling Liberal Party government considers the ferry critical to tourism in the southwest part of the province. But opposition lawmakers have complained about the expense, which will be nearly $20 million in Canadian dollars this year.