Vessel's introduction into service is expected in 2015
OTTAWA—The Canadian government has agreed to purchase a ferry vessel to replace the MV Princess of Acadia, which serves the Saint John, New Brunswick to Digby, Nova Scotia ferry route.
A purchase agreement was signed on October 10 to buy the MV Blue Star Ithaki from a private ferry operator located in Greece for about $31 million EURO ($44.6 million CAN).
On November 27 of last year, the government issued a public notice for the planned purchase of an existing ferry. Following an evaluation process, the MV Blue Star Ithaki was selected for having the capacity to meet the operational requirements of the Saint John–Digby ferry service, the government said. The vessel’s introduction into service is expected in 2015.
Upon arrival of the vessel in Canada, modifications will need to be made for the vessel to meet Canadian safety regulations and compatibility with existing shore-based infrastructure and operation in the Bay of Fundy.