Sankaty in Service
Vineyard Gazette

The troublesome Sankaty went into service last Friday, March 25, becoming the Steamship Authority’s newest vessel in operation. The Sankaty is running with the Eagle to and from Nantucket.

The Sankaty, a vessel that SSA officials have called an embarrassment, went on line about 10 months late and more than $2 million over budget.

But at least the Nantucket passengers seemed to liker her. “They were delighted,” said Ray Martin of the SSA. “They were all razzle dazzle.”

Mr. Martin said the Sankaty ran without a hitch with Capt. Ed Jackson at the helm.

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MV Governor Joins Great White Fleet
Marcus McGraw

The Steamship Authority’s newest acquisition is now sailing between Woods Hole and the Island. Tuesday morning, Capt. James Corbett and his crew steered the loaded freight boat M/V Governor through Vineyard Sound and into her slip with confidence.

“The Governor is not the queen of the fleet, but she grows on you,” Captain Corbett said, standing at her helm. “She’s come a long way since we first picked it up in New York, and so far she’s worked out very well for us.”

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SSA Invites Comment on Mission Statement
Louisa Hufstader

Steamship Authority managers are coming to Vineyard Haven Oct. 28 to hear comment on the draft mission statement.

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SSA Explains Storm Cancellation Policy
Louisa Hufstader

At a meeting on the Vineyard Tuesday, SSA senior managers found themselves explaining the cancellation policy for ferries after hundreds of travelers were stranded during last week’s storm.

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SSA Takes Up Budget, Rate Hikes at Meeting on the Vineyard
Louisa Hufstader

A 2020 operating budget, fare hikes for the coming year and a preliminary new design for the Woods Hole terminal are expected to be discussed when boat line governors meet on the Vineyard Tuesday.

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SSA Invites Public Comment on 2020 Budget
Louisa Hufstader

Martha’s Vineyard residents with questions about the SSA’s proposed 2020 rate increases can speak directly with top boat line officials on the Island Wednesday at the Oak Bluffs Library

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SSA General Manager Gets High Marks, and a Raise
Louisa Hufstader

General manager Robert Davis continues to please the boat line board of governors, who gave him high grades in his second annual performance review Tuesday on Nantucket.

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Steamship Authority Plans Rate Hikes in 2020
Louisa Hufstader

The Steamship Authority aired a preliminary plan this week to raise rates in 2020 to cover increased expenses resulting from last year’s comprehensive review of operations by outside consultants.

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Woods Hole Residents Sound Off on Early Morning Freight Boats
Louisa Hufstader
Vineyarders say early morning freight boat is essential; Woods Hole residents say their quality of life is damaged due to the noise.
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Vineyard, Falmouth Take Sides Over Early Freight Boats
Louisa Hufstader

A petition from Falmouth residents has forced the SSA to schedule a public hearing Monday afternoon on its proposed 2020 operating schedule.

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