Nova Star arrives in Shelburne for layover

Greg Bennett
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The Nova Star passes by the Sandy Point Light on Saturday.

SHELBURNE -The Nova Star ferry arrived in Shelburne Harbour on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 15 for the first time.


The decision to lay-up in Shelburne was made to accommodate the ship while talks to secure a winter route continue for this season, and there was an availability of a berth in Shelburne, says spokesperson Sean Lewis.

The entrance to, and departure from, the inner harbour at the Yarmouth Public Wharf had been taking a little extra time for fishermen who had their boats moored there. The Nova Star ferry's bow lines were tied to bollards on the dock across the entrance and were too low for boats to navigate beneath.

The company has been working with the local fisherman on the situation, pulling the lines and reattaching them when boats needed to move. The lobster fishing season is scheduled to begin Monday, Nov. 24.

The ferry had been docked in Yarmouth since Oct. 14, when it concluded its fall season.

Details of the winter route will be provided when an agreement is finalized.

 In its first season Nova Star carried 59,018 passengers to and from this province.

As of Oct. 23, the company had 43 motorcoach trips booked for its 2015 season.

Geographic location: Nova Star, Shelburne Harbour, Yarmouth

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  • trgo
    November 18, 2014 - 15:33

    Philippe ...Philippe ....Philippe... you really should seek out a new venue for your anger! Have you ever used the Nova Star? Of course you haven't, but you know everything there is to know about it, and you hate it more than most other things on our planet. I used it three times this year, and will do so again in 2015. It is an excellent service. 59,018 passengers in an abbreviated start- up season is a damn good start too. Whether you realize it or not, seasonal ferry service to Nova Scotia has great potential for the provincial economy. I can only hope that at some point you might recognize that fact . I am not even remotely optimistic that you could EVER admit it though!

    • Philippe Frigault
      January 13, 2015 - 06:43

      Dear TRGO [ whoever you are}, I'm glad you like the Love Boat, keep taking it and make sure you take along with you, Mr Samson, Mr Churchill, our Premier Mr McNeil, the Mayor of Yarmouth, and sail, sail. sail as far as you can go with no RETURN.

  • Lane Mann
    Lane Mann
    November 17, 2014 - 15:06

    As an American who has summered in NS since 1986 and made the annual crossing on the Scotia Prince, I can tell you from experience that this is not the "right" ship for the Portland/Yarmouth route. I did take the Nova Star to Yarmouth the week before her abrupt end of service and returned on the Digby boat. In the future I will be going to/returning from Digby as the cost from Portland makes no economic sense to me the traveler.

  • james ready
    November 16, 2014 - 22:36

    Misery loves company. You people and criticizers remind me of the Captain from the Costa Concordia, ready to jump ship far too early. Just licking your chops to criticize this ship and the good people that fought to get her here. Nothing but dead weight you types, jettison material.

    November 16, 2014 - 18:46

    This boon doogle of a crate will price itself right out of the market. They have already used almost 27 million the Canadian Gov fronted them for a 7 yr period, just in one season. They had to cut the season short. This crate is way too expensive to run and maintain. Send it back where it came from

    • philippe frigault
      November 17, 2014 - 04:25

      I wish but it don't think we can send it back!!! our lovely Government has signed an agreement and to make matters WORST, if they go belly up, they don't have to pay back ANY MONEY , and we GOOD TAXPAYERS, will be stock with the BILL, but don't worry !!! the Mayor of Yarmouth says "" it is good for our ECONOMY""

  • Proud Maritimer
    November 16, 2014 - 11:52

    That's great news if a ferry crossing can be made in shelburne until the summer season restarts. We can't expect miracles the 1st year it restarting. We were without a ferry for 10 yrs. It will take 2 to 3 yrs until ridership do better. I know many like myself who haven't been on Nova Star yet, will plan better and cross over to Maine when season restarts.

  • philippefrigault
    November 16, 2014 - 03:16

    Is this saga close to and END, we don't really want to hear about this in 2015, lets move on and talk about something else.