Island SSA Rep Updates County Commission
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.
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Drydock Uncovers Costly Surprise for SSA
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.
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Nantucket Sidelined Again Due to Engine Issue
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.
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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.
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Ferry Breakdown Sows Weekend Chaos
A mechanical failure aboard the Steamship Authority's M/V Nantucket Saturday morning led to travel delays and confusion on both sides of Vineyard Sound.
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Steamship Changes Service for Fireworks, Road Race
Friday's Oak Bluffs fireworks and Sunday's Falmouth Road Race are affecting the Steamship Authority schedule.
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Steamship Authority Nets $3.5 M in FHA Funding
Last Friday, the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) announced $4.6 million in ferry service improvement funding for the state of Massachusetts.
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Off-Cape Freight Service Draws No Bids
Since mid-March, nearly 50 potential contractors have looked at the Steamship Authority's request for proposals to start a freight service to the Vineyard from New Bedford or another port not located on Cape Cod. The number that expressed interest? Zero.
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M/V Gay Head Undergoes Hull Repair
The freight ferry M/V Gay Head is expected to be back in service Thursday following the replacement of part of its hull, where a crack above the water line was discovered last week.
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Vineyard Students Win Art Contest
Six students from the Vineyard are among the winners of the Steamship Authority's Sail into Imagination art contest.
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