Nova Star, sea trial. Photo/STM Quest Inc.

Nova Star, sea trial. Photo/STM Quest Inc.

BangorDailyNews: A Maine company could be ferrying passengers and vehicles across the Gulf of Maine by next year, thanks to winning a competitive bidding process begun by Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia officials on Tuesday (August 13, 2013) announced that the province would begin negotiations with STM Quest Inc., based in Eliot, Maine, to restart ferry service between Portland and Yarmouth, N.S., a link lost in 2009 when Bay Ferries Ltd. ceased operating its high-speed ferry, The Cat.

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