Ferry Strikes Woods Hole Barge Again
Louisa Hufstader

The Steamship Authority freight ferry Gay Head had a minor scrape with a construction barge at the Woods Hole terminal over the weekend. Windy conditions were a factor in the incident.

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As Ferry Cancellations Pile Up, Islanders Fret About Their Boatline
Louisa Hufstader
Thousands of ferry cancellations between Woods Hole and Martha’s Vineyard over the past two years have had Islanders questioning the reliability of their lifeline.
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Longtime Engineering Director Is Out at SSA
Louisa Hufstader

Carl Walker, the longtime director of engineering and maintenance at the Steamship Authority, has had his position eliminated due to restructuring, the SSA said.

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High School, SSA Win Grants for Electric Buses

A settlement between the federal government and Volkswagen will send $1 million in grants to the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School and the Steamship Authority to buy electric buses.

Part of $7.5 million in grants announced by the Baker administration just before Christmas, the two grants will provide $500,000 for the SSA to build a charging station and buy two electric shuttle buses servicing their Falmouth route. The high school grant of $500,000 will be used to buy two electric school buses.

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Ferry Breakdowns, Cancellations Challenge Holiday Travelers
Louisa Hufstader
Breakdowns, delays and cancellations plagued the Steamship Authority fleet over the holiday travel week.
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Freight Ferry Katama Loses Steering at Sea
The Katama lost steering in Vineyard Sound Monday evening, forcing two tugboats to guide it back to the Island.
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SSA Seeks to Explain Frequent Ferry Cancellations
Louisa Hufstader
Barges loaded with heavy equipment and materials for the Woods Hole terminal reconstruction project are berthed so close to slips that ferry captains are canceling some trips out of safety concerns.
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Top Eight: SSA General Manager Lists Goals for 2020
Louisa Hufstader
At their monthly meeting Tuesday, SSA governors had a chance to weigh in on general manager Robert Davis’s goals for the coming year.
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Steering Alarm Caused Ferry Cancellations
Louisa Hufstader

Passengers and motorists aboard the Steamship Authority ferry Martha’s Vineyard for Wednesday night’s 9:45 trip from Woods Hole had to disembark without traveling after an alarm on the vessel’s steering system went off, communications director Sean Driscoll said.

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Profile Number Expiring? SSA Offers Face-to-Face Help
Louisa Hufstader

The Steamship Authority is coming to Vineyard Haven Monday for a help session to answer questions from Islanders about their SSA profiles or the preferred excursion program. The session is scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 16 at the Vineyard Haven Public Library.

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