Violations beach Scotia Prince


PORTLAND (AP) – The Scotia Prince, which once sailed between Maine and Nova Scotia, was seized in Italy because of safety violations, officials said.

The 1,000-passenger ferry was being used by Moroccan company Comanav for a few weeks on a route between Genoa and Tangier, but the vessel was detained after its inaugural run on March 27th to Genoa, officials said.

The Genoa Port State Control flagged the ship for more than 30 safety deficiencies that must be corrected, WGME-TV reported.

Before sailing across the Atlantic, the Scotia Prince had been 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.

Information from: Gregg Lagerquist/WGME-TV,

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