Workers on the roof of the terminal building at the international ferry terminal in Bar Harbor. A crane in the background is building a new fixed ramp, to which a floating ramp will be attached. The CAT ferry to Nova Scotia is expected to begin running June 21. ISLANDER PHOTO BY LIZ GRAVES

Ferry terminal work continues

BAR HARBOR — Crews are working full speed ahead to get the terminal and dock ready for the CAT ferry to begin international ferry service on June 21.

“It will be a very busy two months,” said Mark MacDonald, CEO of Bay Ferries, told the Islander.

Work crews are repairing the dock and building a new fixed ramp to be connected to a floating ferry terminal ramp that will arrive from Portland, according to MacDonald. Crews are also repairing the existing dock and installing new fenders.

The terminal building that sat vacant since ferry service ended in 2009 has been gutted, and crews are rebuilding the interior.

Small outbuildings have been demolished. A new Customs Plaza, built to U.S. Customs and Boarder Patrol (CBP) standards, is going up.

“We are very appreciative to all involved for working on this very demanding schedule,” said MacDonald.

He noted that though Bay Ferries is already selling tickets for a June 21 start date, “we have also indicated to customers that it is possible this date could change.”

Once service begins, the CAT will make daily runs between Bar Harbor and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia through Oct. 15.


Becky Pritchard
Becky Pritchard covers the town of Bar Harbor, where she lives with her family and intrepid news-dog Joe-Joe. She worked six seasons as a park ranger in Acadia, and still enjoys spending her spare time there.

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