The provincial government announced on Friday it will decommission and sell the MV Nonia, rather than spend millions more to repair the vessel. 

The province purchased the Estonian-built ship for just over $1 million in 1999. Since then, about $18 million has been spent to keep it afloat. 

The vessel has been plagued by problems — including a foreign-language instruction manual that crews couldn't decipher.

Further repairs to the ship would cost the province another $9 million, which prompted the decision to remove it from the provincial fleet.

MV Nonia has been used throughout the province, but in recent years it has been a mainstay on the run between Bell Island and Portugal Cove.