Fuel costs increase subsidy for Nova Scotia to Maine ferry by $1.5 million

Nova Scotia is boosting this year's subsidy for the privately run ferry linking Yarmouth and Portland, Maine.

Transportation Minister Lloyd Hines says Bay Ferries Limited will get another $1.5 million, for a total of $10.9 million.

He blames projected fuel-cost hikes for the CAT high speed ferry, which consumes high volumes of fuel.

Another $4.3 million was spent prior to the current season for an engine overhaul.

Engine troubles hampered Bay Ferries' operations last year, allowing only 84 of 112 scheduled round trips.

The ferry service resumed last week and is scheduled to run until Oct. 8.