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Deputy minister overseeing delayed rebuild of Bluenose II to give update

09/24/2014 04:00 EDT | Updated 11/23/2014 05:59 EST
HALIFAX - The man overseeing efforts to ensure the Bluenose II is safe to return to service is scheduled to provide an update to the Nova Scotia legislature today.

David Darrow, the premier's deputy minister, was asked by the premier to oversee the rebuild of the schooner earlier this year.

Darrow is scheduled to appear before the public accounts committee later today.

He has said that a hydraulic steering system was needed to ensure sailors could control the 3,200-kilogram rudder, work that would cost about $300,000.

Darrow was handed responsibility for the file after a series of cost overruns and delays that has put the restoration two years behind schedule and close to $5 million over budget.

At the project's outset in 2009, the provincial government estimated it would cost $14.4 million, but that had risen to $19 million as of June.

Nova Scotia's auditor general is also conducting a review of the restoration.