Steamship Authority Officials Happy to See Fast Ferry Back in Service

HYANNIS – Four weeks after the M/V Iyanough crashed into the Hyannis breakwater, Steamship Authority officials were happy to return the vessel back to service on Tuesday.

New Steamship Authority General Manager Bob Davis had not yet taken the reins from former General Manager Wayne Lamson when the incident occurred on June 16.

While the boat was out of service, the Fairhaven Shipyard worked to repair the vessel.

Davis rode on board the Iyanough to and from Nantucket on Tuesday and checked-in with passengers and staff to get reactions.

“We’re glad to have our boat back and fully operational and be able to provide the service that everyone is looking from us,” said Davis.

SeaStreak, which runs ferry service from New Bedford to Oak Bluffs, was leasing vessels to the Authority, to handle some of the traffic to and from Nantucket.

Officials determined that the captain misinterpreted a metal pole on the Hyannis breakwater for a buoy on the radar.

Fifteen people were taken to Cape Cod Hospital with various injuries.

Looking back, Davis is pleased that everything worked out after the incident and that the M/V Iyanough is back on the waters.

“The boat’s been performing well and we’re looking for it to continue through the season,” said Davis.


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