PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Portland city official says the city ferry service will likely leave the city for Bar Harbor as a new port for a high-speed service between Maine and Canada.

Bay Ferries Ltd. is on the verge of submitting a proposal to use Bar Harbor as the western port for its high-speed catamaran "The Cat" ferry service between Maine and Nova Scotia. The Bangor Daily News reports the ferry has been operating out of Portland since 2016 and Bay Ferries is expected to submit a formal proposal this week to Bar Harbor officials.

Portland official Greg Mitchell said Tuesday that officials "are fully aware they are exploring the option of relocating to Bar Harbor."

Bay Ferries CEO Mark MacDonald declined to comment on the company's future plans.