The Nova Scotia government has given operator of the Nova Star ferry its final $1.5 million payment for the season. The money is the last installment of nearly $10 million ($13 million Canadian) in funding the government promised for Nova Star’s 2015 sailing season.

The summer ferry service connects Portland with Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The ferry this year carried a total of 52,000 passengers, a 12 percent decline from its inaugural season last year, when it carried 59,000 passengers.

The operator, Nova Star Cruises, has now used a total of $31.5 million in provincial funding.

Four companies – including Nova Star Cruises – have submitted proposals to run the service next year.

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