Steamships and Ferries

SSA Approves Third Freight Boat Conversion Contract

The ferry line board of governors Thursday approved a $17 million retrofit of a former offshore oil vessel. The ferry, which will be called the M/V Monomoy, will eventually join two other newly converted freight vessels that are set to join the Steamship fleet later this year. 

Vehicle Reservations on Hold After Ferry Breakdown

Steamship workers discovered Friday that the Eagle ferry’s bow thruster was leaking gear lubricant, forcing the boat to go to the shipyard for repairs.

Steamship Works to Improve Communication on Ferry Cancellations

At the ferry line’s board of governors meeting Tuesday, Steamship staff said they were increasing the number of employees who can green light cancellations, expanding the call center hours and making other attempts to improve communication with customers about the status of ferries.

Storm Halts Ferries, Floods Roads

The National Weather Service reported winds up to 52 miles per hour at the airport.

Seastreak Commuter Service Seeks Its Sea Legs

While most of commuters to the Island take Steamship Authority ferries from Woods Hole, a few dozen are now making their way to and from the Vineyard via New Bedford aboard the Whaling City Express, a high-speed catamaran for passengers only.

Freight Ferry Running Again After Crew Shortage

The Sankaty ferry was back up and running Monday after a crew shortage caused the Steamship Authority to cancel all of the freight ferry’s trips on Sunday.

Cuttyhunkers Want Ferry to Stay Put

MassDevelopment, a quasi-public agency focused on stimulating economic growth in the state, put out a request for proposals for the different parcels on the New Bedford state pier, including the spot used by the Cuttyhunk Ferry Company.

Steamship Ferries Set to Launch in March

The M/V Aquinnah and M/V Barnstable have spent more than nine months at a shipyard in Mobile, Ala., transforming from offshore energy tenders to Steamship Authority freight ferries that can also carry passengers and cars.

Tisbury Pushes Back on New Bedford Freight Proposal

Tisbury’s select board voted Wednesday to oppose a barging company’s proposal to ship large freight between New Bedford and the Steamship Authority terminal in Vineyard Haven.

Steamship Authority Approves Budget for Hybrid Ferry Design

The budget allocates nearly $400,000 in 2024 for the hybrid ferry, which many residents and officials have been pushing for in recent years to reduce the ferry line’s emissions in the face of climate change. 

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