ID=8983409NOVA SCOTIA, Canada (NEWS CENTER) -- Several Canadian media outlets are reporting that the Nova Scotia government is switching companies that provide ferry services from Portland to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, Geoff MacLellan said they have entered into final negotiations with Bay Ferries to take over the line.

Nova Star Cruises had been working towards securing the route for the 2016 season.

Bay Ferries "has the experience, expertise, industry relationships and much of the operational infrastructure already in place, such as a reservations system, that would allow them to hit the ground running," said MacLellan in a press release.

Nova Scotia Bay Ferries Limited is majority owned by CEO Mark MacDonald.

Bay Ferries previously operated The Cat that ran between Yarmouth, Nova Scotia and Portland.

MacLellan said details of the contract between the province and the operator will be released once negotiations are complete.