Cat ferry ser­vice

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Other out­stand­ing is­sues are with United States Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion (CBP). CBP says much work is needed to bring the Bar Har­bor ter­mi­nal up to its stan­dards – work Bay Fer­ries would carry out. It has also asked that Bay Fer­ries cover the salaries of CBP staff at the Bar Har­bor ter­mi­nal. Mac­Don­ald con­firmed that both of these things have been re­quested but wouldn’t com­ment fur­ther when asked if ask­ing Bay Fer­ries to cover the CBP salaries is an un­usual re­quest.

When it comes to ter­mi­nal up­grades, Bay Fer­ries and the prov­ince of Nova Sco­tia would be cov­er­ing the cost. Mac­Don­ald has stated the cost would be about $3 mil­lion U.S., although this was not yet a firm fig­ure. Bay Fer­ries has said stay­ing in Port­land would have cost ad­di­tional dol­lars as a com­mit­ment would have been needed for con­struc­tion of a new US Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion fa­cil­ity. The likely cost would have been in the $7-8 mil­lion range, the com­pany said.

Prior to the 2018 sea­son Bay Fer­ries and the Prov­ince of Nova Sco­tia spent $1.5 mil­lion on cus­toms up­grades in Port­land. That pur­chased equip­ment is owned by the prov­ince.

Bay Fer­ries says ideally for an up­com­ing ferry sea­son mar­ket­ing would start as early as Jan­uary or Fe­bru­ary, although that hasn’t al­ways been pos­si­ble in re­cent years. The com­pany is par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Bos­ton Globe Travel Show later this month.

Bay Fer­ries says it main­tains on­go­ing close col­lab­o­ra­tion with Tourism Nova Sco­tia and has been in con­tact with var­i­ous cus­tomers con­cern­ing the 2019 ser­vice.

In 2018, Bay Fer­ries trans­ported 50,185 pas­sen­gers to and from Nova Sco­tia, an in­crease of 21 per cent from the year be­fore. In 2017 The Cat car­ried 41,623 pas­sen­gers de­spite hav­ing to can­cel 25 per cent of its cross­ings due to an en­gine is­sue. In 2016 it trans­ported 35,551 pas­sen­gers.

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