PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Nova Scotia officials have rejected two proposals to operate a new ferry service between the province and Portland, Maine.
The Nova Scotia minister of economic and rural development and tourism announced Tuesday that new bids will be taken this spring after a committee concluded that neither of the two earlier proposals met the minimum requirements.
Quest Navigation Inc. of Eliot, Maine, and Baltimore-based Maritime Applied Physics Corp. submitted bids this winter to operate a ferry between Portland and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Neither company now runs a ferry service.
The Nova Scotia government says it's willing to spend up to $21 million in subsidies to set up the operation and is aiming for a 2014 launch date.
There hasn't been ferry service between Nova Scotia and Maine since 2009.
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