The Vineyard Gazette
It happened yesterday. One minute before 11 a.m., the Island boat line was administered by the officers and directors of the Massachusetts Steamship Lines Inc., as constituted for some time past; one minute after 11, the management was in the hands of new officers and directors, the responsibility of the New Bedford, Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Steamboat Authority.
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Only the signature of Governor Furcolo now remains to turn into law the bill setting up a new Steamship Authority with three members, locally appointed, to represent the Vineyard Nantucket, and F
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The Steamship Authority is having trouble hiring enough port engineers to maintain its 10-vessel fleet, while other positions also lack candidates, general manager Robert Davis said this week.
Electric-powered Steamship Authority ferries are a long and very costly way off, according to a marine study by boat line consultants.
The Steamship Authority’s Oak Bluffs ticket office has been closed to the public due to staffing issues related to Covid, the boat line announced Tuesday.
The ferry Nantucket was back in service Friday morning after a week of mechanical breakdowns and shuffling on the Vineyard route.
The Steamship Authority announced Wednesday that it would stop requiring require masks on board ferries or shuttle buses. The announcement follows an update from the U.S. Coast Guard.
Three of the Steamship Authority’s four freight ferries — the Gay Head, Katama and Sankaty — will need to be replaced within the next three to five years, a marine survey has found.