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June 26, 2020

Bay Ferries Limited announces that the Yarmouth to Maine high-speed ferry service will not operate during the 2020 season.

This decision was made after close consultation with the Province of Nova Scotia and takes into consideration the uncertainty as to the eventual removal of border and public health travel restrictions during 2020.

Mark MacDonald, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bay Ferries Limited, stated:

“This is a difficult, but also now an obvious, decision. International non-essential travel worldwide has essentially come to a standstill. It is not clear when US operations would be permitted to occur, what opportunity would exist for proper marketing of the service, and what short term customer demand would be. In the circumstances, we are focused on reduction of cost.”

Mr. MacDonald also stated: “We wish to thank our employees, our ship’s crew, our valued partners in the Town of Bar Harbor, the Town of Yarmouth, USCBP, and CBSA who have worked closely with us to be ready for this season. We are grateful for everyone’s continued support and look forward to successful operations in 2021 and the future.”

The CAT will remain at her off season home in Charleston, South Carolina and will re-enter ferry service next spring.

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The CAT High Speed Ferry

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When a journey from Maine to Nova Scotia calls, the open ocean answers. And aboard The CAT, it’s the shortest route. You might say, it’s nature’s finest short cut from one coastal paradise to another.

The high-speed CAT ferry travels between Bar Harbor, ME and Yarmouth, NS in just 3.5 hours. RVs, pickups, SUVs, cars, tour buses, motorcycles, and bicycles are welcome aboard The CAT—and walk-on passengers.

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Advancing Environmental Excellence

We care about the waters we sail. They’re our playground and we’re committed to keeping them clean and safe. That’s why Bay Ferries Limited is a participant of Green Marine, the largest voluntary environmental program for the maritime industry in North America.

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