Steamships and Ferries

Steamship Approves Budget, Raises Some Rates

The Steamship Authority board of governors Tuesday approved next year’s $137.7 million operating budget, raising fares for some travelers, but mostly protecting rates for Island residents.

Nobska Ferry Engine Lives on at Steam Museum

The New England Wireless and Steam Museum, in East Greenwich, R.I., plans to restore the former Steamship ferry's 1925 engine to running order for public demonstrations.

Conversion Work Starts on Future SSA Freight Boats

Two of the Steamship Authority's new vessels entered dry dock earlier this month in Alabama and could be running to the Island's next summer.

Steamship Authority Grapples with Deck Officer Shortage

Four experienced Steamship Authority deck officers — licensed mariners responsible for safety and navigation aboard ferries — will not be reporting for duty this spring, potentially affecting the summer operating schedule.

Steamship Sets Special Meeting for Conversion Contracts

The Steamship Authority board of governors is expected to vote Thursday on a shipyard contract to convert two of the boat line’s three recently-purchased service vessels into freight boats.

Ferries Now Event Makes Case for Move to Electric Ferry Boats

Electric ferry operators from Denmark, Maine and Washington state shared their experiences Friday in a half-day public conference aimed at encouraging the Steamship Authority to begin reducing dependency on fossil fuel.

Cost of Ferry Conversions Rattles Steamship Officials

The Steamship Authority board of governors will hold a special meeting next week to vote on a contract to convert three newly purchased vessels into freight ferries.

Costs Could Double for SSA Freight Boat Conversions

The lowest bid to do the work is about $20 million for each boat, general manager Robert Davis said Tuesday.

Select Board Approves Already-Scheduled Concert Ferries

The Oak Bluffs Select board held a special meeting on August 24 to discuss with Beach Road Weekend proprietor Adam Epstein a schedule of nighttime water taxis from Oak Bluffs to transport festival attendees.

Two Almost-New Ferries to Join SSA Fleet

The Steamship Authority is preparing to purchase two Louisiana-based offshore supply vessels for conversion into freight ferries to replace the aging M/V Gay Head and M/V Katama.