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Norman Leader has found a route at last
« on: August 14, 2013, 09:02:31 PM »
The cancelled LD Lines vessel Norman Leader is to enter service at long last on the revived Nova Scotia - Maine route previously operated by Bay Ferries with The Cat.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/story/2013/08/12/ns-yarmouth-ferry-service.html

Reported on FONE:

This is the ferry that will transport passengers between Yarmouth and Maine beginning in 2014. The ship is currently in Singapore.(CBC)
Economic Development Minister Graham Steele and Keith Condon, chairman of the Nova Scotia International Ferry Partnership, announced on Tuesday that they had selected STM Quest Inc. as the successful company.

"I have personally read the entire STM Quest business plan and I can tell you that these are people with deep roots in both Maine and Nova Scotia. For me, what really made their plan stand out was their passion for this particular route. Their passion is infectious, especially when combined with their deep research and careful planning,” said Steele.

They will now enter negotiations with the company, a joint venture between ST Marine Ltd. and Quest Navigation.

“We look forward to launching the cruise-ferry service beginning in 2014 and we are committed to providing a world-class cruise-ferry service for generations to come,” said Steve Durrell, chief operating officer for Quest Navigation.

The government and the partnership evaluated business proposals from three companies interested in running the ferry service next year.

The bids were judged on financial stability, management structure, tourism and marketing experience, as well as management history.

Yarmouth businessman Gary Dixon said he is thrilled with the news.

“Well, hopefully this means that the town of Yarmouth and all the surrounding areas in southwest Nova Scotia [and] including all of Nova Scotia can get back on track, get some tourism and get some customers back in here,” he said.

The government rejected two bids earlier this year, saying neither met the criteria for a sustainable operation.

Bay Ferries Ltd. used to operate the CAT service between Yarmouth and Bar Harbour and still runs the crossings between Digby and Saint John and the ferries between Nova Scotia and P.E.I.

It announced in December 2009 that it would cancel the money-losing CAT service after the Nova Scotia government said it could no longer provide an annual $6-million subsidy.

The provincial government faced sharp criticism for killing the ferry subsidies and is now offering $21 million over seven years to restart the service, hopefully next year.


Source: CBC

Forgotten what the Norman Leader looked like:

http://www.meretmarine.com/fr/content/lex-norman-leader-de-ld-lines-pourrait-naviguer-en-amerique-du-nord

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Re: Norman Leader has found a route at last
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2013, 06:54:05 PM »

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Re: Norman Leader has found a route at last
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2013, 10:36:06 PM »
The Norman Leader is going to actually enter service: (always thought it was way too small for the Portsmouth route it was designed for 338 cars and 38 trucks !!!)

http://www.pressherald.com/news/New_Portland-Yarmouth_ferry_ship_had_past_safety_issue_.html

The new ferry thats expected to operate next summer between Portland and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, was rejected two years ago by a French shipping company over safety concerns.

The ferry Norman Leader, renamed the Nova Star, is expected to start passenger and cargo service between Portland and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, on May 1.

But those concerns arent an issue here because the Nova Scotia service wont involve as much heavy cargo, officials said.

The ferry will be called the Nova Star. But its original name was the Norman Leader.

In 2007, the French company LD Lines contracted with Singapore Technologies Marine to build a ferry for its passenger and cargo service between Portsmouth, England, and Le Havre, France.

The ship underwent sea trials in 2010 and was scheduled to go into service that year. But in March 2011, the ship builder stated in a news release that it had received notice from the French company that it was terminating its $179 million contract for the ship. LD Lines cited a delay in construction and the vessels deficiency in deadweight capacity.

Deadweight is the load including cargo, fuel, stores, crew and passengers that a ship can carry without riding dangerously low in the water.

Officials in Nova Scotia, which is subsidizing the Portland-Yarmouth service, and the vessels operator say those concerns wont apply here because the vessel wont be carrying much cargo.

Officials in the Nova Scotia government were well aware of the safety issues before it began negotiations with Quest Navigation, Inc., the Maine company that will operate the service, and those issues were addressed, said Gary Andrea, a spokesman for the Nova Scotia Department of Economic and Rural Development.

Mark Amundsen, president and chief operating officer of Quest Navigation, also said the vessel can safely meet the companys specific operating needs. The company has reviewed all aspects of the vessel and concluded that, technically and commercially, the vessel meets all of our requirements for operating the Nova Star Cruises ferry service, he said in written statement.

The service across the Gulf of Maine will be much different than the one planned for the English Channel, said Keith Condon, a Yarmouth businessman who was part of the process of selecting a ferry operator.

About 85 percent of the vehicles crossing the English Channel would have been trucks, he said. The service in the Gulf of Maine, tentatively scheduled to begin May 1, will cater to tourists. Condon said he expects that only 10 percent of the vehicles on the ferry will be trucks.

Those (deadweight) issues dont affect us, he said.

At 528 feet, the Nova Star is 43 feet longer than the Scotia Prince, the once-familiar ferry that operated between Portland and Yarmouth from 1982 to 2004.

The Nova Star has 163 cabins and capacity for 1,215 passengers. It can carry 336 cars and 38 commercial vehicles.

The Nova Scotia government has awarded Quest Navigation a contract that will give it $21 million to subsidize ferry service.

Quest Navigation is currently working on the final details of the contract with the provincial government and with Singapore Technologies Marine, which owns the vessel.

No ferry has operated between Portland and Yarmouth since 2009, when The Cats high-speed service ended after Nova Scotia stopped subsidizing it.

The sailing schedule is expected to mirror the schedule of the Scotia Prince, running from May 1 to Oct. 31, leaving Yarmouth daily at 9 a.m. and arriving in Portland at 5 p.m. The return trip would leave Portland at 8 p.m. and arrive in Yarmouth at 7 a.m.

No information about fares has been released.
« Last Edit: October 13, 2013, 10:39:01 PM by Ferry_Fan »


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Re: Norman Leader has found a route at last
« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2015, 07:44:49 PM »

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Re: Norman Leader has found a route at last
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2015, 10:15:42 PM »
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A maritime arrest has been issued for the Nova Star ferry, which has operated between Portland and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia for the last two years.

The U.S. District Court issued the arrest warrant on Friday. The order commands the U.S. Marshals Service to "arrest" the ship, which is the formal way of ordering that marshals take possession of the ship. Such orders are a common way of seizing assets involving ships when creditors claim they are owed money.

The Portland Pilots Incorporated is a company that offers pilot services to vessels entering and exiting the port in Portland. According to court documents, the Nova Star ferry service requested and authorized all of the services provided by the Pilots during the 2014 and 2015 summer sailing seasons. The documents show that the pilots continued to provide those services until last week and they had not been paid since mid-August. The Pilots said they provided that service 61 times from Aug. 17 through Oct. 23, racking up invoices totaling just under $196,000.

"The company will fulfill its obligations, as it always had, within the next few weeks," a spokesperson for Portland Pilots said.

The Nova Star is currently anchored in Casco Bay. It had been working towards securing the route for the 2016 season.

The Nova Star had been leased since 2014 by Nova Star Cruises. The Nova Scotia government announced Thursday that it was switched companies which provided the ferry services. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, Geoff MacLellan said they have entered into final negotiations with Bay Ferries to take over the line.

Bay Ferries already operates two other ferry lines serving Nova Scotia, on a possible 10-year contract to operate the run from Maine to Nova Scotia. Neither the province nor Bay Ferries has said specifically that the ferry will run from Portland next year, but other possible ports are farther from population centers or lack the facilities to handle the ship

Bay Ferries "has the experience, expertise, industry relationships and much of the operational infrastructure already in place, such as a reservations system, that would allow them to hit the ground running," said MacLellan in a press release.

Nova Scotia Bay Ferries Limited is majority owned by CEO Mark MacDonald.

Bay Ferries previously operated The Cat that ran between Yarmouth, Nova Scotia and Portland.

MacLellan said details of the contract between the province and the operator will be released once negotiations are complete.
http://www.wcsh6.com/story/news/local/portland/2015/10/31/federal-court-orders-maritime-arrest-of-nova-star-ferry/74963714/
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Re: Norman Leader has found a route at last
« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2018, 11:00:55 PM »
The much travelled and much maligned Nova Star (formerly Nova Leader of LD Lines) has been in Gdansk since March and has had many cancellations with regards to entering service for Polferries.

Apparently stability issues with the vessel have prevented the vessel being approved for service. Ironically since being repainted in Polferries colour scheme it looks like a nice tidy design.

http://www.xn--landgngen-92a.se/index.php?PHPSESSID=7f5c2219ed3eecdeb6971f94b7611e07&topic=554.0

https://bfenthusiasts.com/bfe/topic/10639-nova-cruises-nova-star/?page=8


Would not be surprised to see the charter agreement cancelled before the Nova Star enters service for Polferries, they must have some come back to the owners of the vessel.


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Re: Norman Leader has found a route at last
« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2018, 08:03:53 PM »
She finally went into service earlier this month after much delay.  Seems she was in very poor technical condition and there was a bit of debate over who would pay to put her right!
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Re: Norman Leader has found a route at last
« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2018, 10:25:30 PM »
Images of Nova Star in its new career her

http://www.gospodarkamorska.pl/Porty,Transport/to-nowa-jakosc-na-baltyku-bylismy-na-pokladzie-promu-nova-star.html

How a shipyard made such a cluster fxxx of a mega ferry is still hard to understand, although for a ferry purpose built for Portsmouth France it is a bit small and lacking in freight capacity, then given deadweight issues further limiting freight capacities, it was never going to have a happy ending.

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Re: Norman Leader has found a route at last
« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2018, 11:24:20 PM »
Images of Nova Star in its new career her

http://www.gospodarkamorska.pl/Porty,Transport/to-nowa-jakosc-na-baltyku-bylismy-na-pokladzie-promu-nova-star.html

How a shipyard made such a cluster fxxx of a mega ferry is still hard to understand, although for a ferry purpose built for Portsmouth France it is a bit small and lacking in freight capacity, then given deadweight issues further limiting freight capacities, it was never going to have a happy ending.

I think a lot of it was related to the fact that they had never actually built a ferry before.  Not exactly a simple project to cut your teeth on!  She looks nicely fitted out inside though.
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