Scotia Prince detained in Europe


PORTLAND (AP) – The Scotia Prince, once a fixture on the Portland waterfront, is now sailing between Genoa, Italy, and Tangier, Morocco.

WGME-TV reported Thursday that the 1,000-passenger ferry was flagged for more than 30 deficiencies that had to be corrected upon its arrival March 27 in Genoa.

But any deficiencies were corrected, and the ship has begun making regular runs, Dennis Bailey, spokesman for the ship’s owner, said Thursday.

Before sailing across the Atlantic, the Scotia Prince was berthed in St. Bernard Parish, La., where it served as emergency housing for law enforcement authorities and other emergency workers after Hurricane Katrina.

The Scotia Prince and its predecessor, the Prince of Fundy, provided ferry service from Portland to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, for 35 years before the service was canceled last year in a dispute with the city of Portland.