Cause of ferry losing power determined

Courtesy of Steamship Authority

FALMOUTH – The Steamship Authority says they have determined why the M/V Martha’s Vineyard lost power over the week. SSA General Manager Robert Davis said in a statement: “It has been determined that the main fuel oil transfer pump on theM/V Martha’s Vineyardwas not generating enough pressure to transfer fuel oil properly, which led to the vessel losing power approximately 15 minutes after departing Vineyard Haven at8:30 PMon Saturdaynight.

After undergoing sea trials late yesterday afternoon with a back-up fuel transfer pump, and further inspection by the Coast Guard, the vessel was cleared to return to service as of its7:00 AMscheduled tripfrom Woods Holetoday.It isnow operating according toitsnormal published schedule.

Meanwhile,anew control mechanismwas installed last nighton theM/V Woods Hole. That vessel isundergoing certain testsbut is expected to be fully operational today, though some of its scheduled trips may be delayed from time to time as it is integrated back into its normal schedule.”
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