FleetPro has announced the technical and hotel operational management of the new cruise-ferry service Nova Star between Portland Maine and Yarmouth Nova Scotia. Services will start on May 15, 2014.

Maine based Nova Star Cruises will re-launch the highly popular daily cruise ferry service on the coast of Nova Scotia starting May 15, 2014. Portland and Yarmouth are 207 miles apart by sea and about 750 miles apart by road. The highly popular tourism destinations between Maine and southwestern Nova Scotia will benefit greatly from this exciting reintroduction of services.

Nova Star Cruise Ltd. has joined with FleetPro and ST Marine of Singapore, to operate the cruise ferry service between New England and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The state of the art cruise and ferry vessel, built in Singapore will be called Nova Star after her naming ceremony on May 12, 2014 in Boston. She accommodates 162 cabins, two restaurants and has a maximum capacity for 1,215 passengers. It is 59 feet longer than the Scotia Prince, which operated between Portland and Yarmouth from 1982 to 2004.

Mark Amundsen CEO Nova Star Cruises, states that “we are well on track with introducing this fantastic cruise-ferry in mid-May. This will be a great boost to the local economies of both Nova Scotia and Maine. The support we have received from local officials, tourism partners and technical teams, has been overwhelming, getting our Nova Star ready to shine on the Nova Scotia and New England coast”.

Hans Rood EVP for FleetPro adds further that “our strong experience in running this cruise and ferry service and the introduction of a brand new state of the art ship between New England and Nova Scotia will strengthen tourism and live up to the quality requirements this market demands. We are honored that the tourism sector and government, selected our expertise to make the Nova Star a successful service.”

FleetPro Ocean (formerly ISP) and FleetPro River (formerly River Advice) manages a combined fleet of ocean-going passenger ships, expedition cruise ships and river cruise ships in excess of 60 vessels, making it the largest passenger ship management company in the world. What distinguishes FleetPro is a hands-on managing approach with extremely strong technical and top notch hotel operation expertise. This allows FleetPro to service a wide array of clients in the demanding global arena of river cruise operations, ocean going cruising and the itinerary intensive expedition cruise segments.