Carl Walker, the longtime director of engineering and maintenance at the Steamship Authority, no longer works for the boat line, communications director Sean Driscoll confirmed late last week.

Mr. Walker was out as of Friday, but the SSA offered no explanation for his departure. Mr. Driscoll emailed the following brief statement to the Gazette early Saturday:

“As of Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, Carl R. Walker is no longer employed as director of engineering and maintenance, or in any other capacity, by the Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority. As has been its practice in the past, the authority will offer no further comment on this personnel matter.”

In a followup email Monday, Mr. Driscoll said that Mr. Walker’s position had been eliminated.

“The position has been eliminated as part of the restructuring of the authority’s organization structure,” he wrote. Oversight of the department will now fall to Mark Amundsen, the director of marine operations, he also said.

Mr. Walker had worked at the SSA for 24 years, beginning in 1995.