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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Pinkletink and Boaty McBoatface won’t soon be plying the waters between Woods Hole and Vineyard Haven, having failed to make the short-list of names for the newest additions to the Steamship Authority fleet.
Steamship Authority customers were spared a fare increase in 2022, but more than $3 million in red ink on next year’s draft operating budget spells higher prices for riders in 2023.
As public pressure grows in the wake of Steamship Authority cancellations, breakdowns and reservation woes, the Dukes County commission invited Jim Malkin, Vineyard representative to the SSA, to give an update on operations at the ferry line on Sept. 7.
The cost of overhauling the Steamship Authority freight ferry M/V Katama, originally estimated at $1.1 million, has ballooned by more than 40 per cent after drydock workers found deteriorating structural steel deep inside the vessel.
The Steamship Authority's M/V Nantucket was back out of service on Wednesday and Thursday due to a nagging mechanical problem that first arose last weekend.
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.