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Nova Scotia ferry departs Singapore

The Nova Star ferry departed Singapore early Saturday local time and is heading to the Gulf of Maine, a 10,000-mile journey that will take about a month and require about $1 million in fuel.

The ferry is scheduled to begin daily service between Portland and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, on May. 1.

The vessel will first arrive in Boston in mid-April, according to the operator, Nova Star Cruises. In Boston, there will be a ceremonial christening of the ship, which has never been put into service. The Coast Guard in Boston will examine the vessel, and game tables and 70 slot machines will also be installed.

The ship may also stop in Portsmouth, N.H., and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Its maiden journey with paying customers is expected to begin in Portland.

Nova Star Cruises is not advertising its fares or selling tickets because it is still waiting to receive two permits from the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission.

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