News: Princess of Acadia ferry replacement to set sail this spring

CBC - April 24, 2015

Result of contest to name new ferry, which will travel between Saint John and Digby, not yet released

The Princess of Acadia ferry's replacement will go into service some time this spring, according to Transport Canada.

Work to refit the $44.6-million ship for service in the Bay of Fundy, between Saint John and Digby, N.S., is ongoing in Halifax, officials said.

The new ship will be faster and more efficient than the old Princess of Acadia. It will also offer improved onboard amenities, including various passenger lounges and a cafeteria.

Canada purchased the 124-metre vessel, formerly known as Ithaki, from a Greek ferry operator last fall.

A contest to name the ferry, now referred to as Canada 2014, closed in February.

Federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt was to make the final decision on the new name, but the winning choice has not yet been announced.

The 43-year-old Princess of Acadia will go up for sale when the new ship arrives.

If a new owner can't be found, the ship will likely be scrapped.

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