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Portland Claims Nova Star Owes It More Than $150,000

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Portland officials claim Nova Star Cruises owes the city more than $150,000 for a loan extended last year that they say hasn't been repaid.

    The Portland Press Herald reports the city joins more than a half-dozen creditors who claim the ferry service owes them $1.6 million collectively.

    Portland Development Corp. attorney Charles Remmel says the money was used for modifications to the Nova Star _ a ferry that operated for two years between Portland and Nova Scotia, Canada.

    Remmel says Nova Star Cruises also owes more than $85,000 for use of city facilities.

    U.S. Marshals seized the ferry Oct. 30 because of the cruise line's outstanding debts.

    Remmel says formal liens will be filed next week.

    A Nova Star Cruises spokesman says the company intends to pay its bills.