Steamship Board Discusses Plans for Terminal Redesign

Final designs for a new Steamship Authority ferry and terminal in Woods Hole are underway. General manager Wayne C. Lamson said the new designs should be ready and presented at next month's board of governors meeting.

Cost a Big Factor in New Freight Ferry, Smaller Design Chosen

The Steamship Authority governors Tuesday voted to go forward with designs for a new freight ferry with a capacity for 384 people.

For almost a year, the SSA has been looking at plans for fleet replacement, beginning with replacing the freight ferry Governor. In August, the board opted in favor of a 235-foot freight vessel similar in size to the ferry Martha’s Vineyard, but asked for price comparisons between a boat with a 384-person capacity and a 512-person capacity.

New Falmouth SSA Governor Joins the Fleet

Catherine Norton was appointed by the Falmouth selectmen in mid-January. She pledges to listen to all the stakeholders in the state-chartered boat line that is the lifeline to the two Islands.

Passenger Ferry Fees Provide Boost to Port Town Budgets

Port town coffers are helped thanks to 50-cent ferry embarkation fee. Money is used for everything from summer traffic cops to harbor dredging and public safety budgets.

Woods Hole Terminal Discussion Stalls; Governor Replacement Planned

Steamship Authority governors will wait for the appointment of a new Falmouth governor before resuming discussion on the Woods Hole terminal reconstruction plans.

Temporary Breakdown on Ferry Martha's Vineyard Disrupts Service

On a busy Thanksgiving weekend of travel, Steamship Authority ferry service was disrupted Friday and Saturday due to mechanical problems on the ferry Martha’s Vineyard.

SSA Approves Increases on Freight, Parking Fees

The Steamship Authority will increase rates for parking and some freight trucks on the Martha’s Vineyard route next year. Meeting Tuesday morning at the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven, the boat line board of governors unanimously approved an $85.3 million 2014 operating budget.

Boatline Mulls Freight, Parking Rate Hike

The Steamship Authority is considering increases to parking and freight fares for the Martha’s Vineyard route to offset a projected rise in the cost of service. The SSA management proposed that the additional revenue should come from rate increases on the Martha’s Vineyard route.

New Freight Boat Replacement Floated

After a study of options, Steamship Authority governors Tuesday considered a recommendation to replace the aging freight ferry Governor with a 235-foot freight vessel similar in size to the ferry Martha’s Vineyard.

Old Problems, New Solutions

As I watch the many hearings to discuss how we can make Stop and Shop solve all our traffic problems, I can’t help ask, what is the cause of our traffic in Vineyard Haven and what is the solution? The answer is the Steamship Authority — the elephant in the neighborhood.