April 6, 2005

Scotia Prince cancels 2005 sailings

Scotia Prince Cruises has canceled 2005 sailings between Portland, Maine, and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, of its 1971-built Bahamas-flag car/passenger ferry Scotia Prince.

In a notice posted on the Scotia Prince website, Chairman Matthew Hudson says the company has been forced to cancel the 2005 season due to the lack of safe and appropriate facilities at its terminal in Portland.

"Last August Scotia Prince Cruises discovered dangerous levels of toxic mold in the terminal facilities we lease from the City of Portland. As of April 1, 2005, the City has not made the facilities safe for our employees or passengers," says the notice.

"Without safe facilities we cannot operate and the federal agencies cannot provide border formalities and security checks, so we have been forced to cancel the season.," the notice continues.

Passengers who have already booked for 2005 are being offered a 100 percent refund of all payments plus a credit, worth 20% of their current booking, to be applied against future travel as compensation for the inconvenience.

"Please accept our apologies-- I know this is an inconvenience for you but we are not willing to endanger the health of our valued customers and employees through exposure to dangerous levels of toxic mold," concludes Hudson.

Emploees were notified of the decision in a letter. Click HEREto read it.

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Click HERE for Scotia Prince Cruises's backgrounder on events since it discovered toxic mold in the Portland International Marine Terminal.

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