Steamship Trouble Continues As Sprinklers Leak on Vessel


OAK BLUFFS – A string of mechanical problems continued for the Steamship Authority this week when the sprinkler system went off on one of the boat line’s car decks.

The issue happened on the M/V Martha’s Vineyard Wednesday while it was traveling from Woods Hole to Oak Bluffs.

According to the Martha’s Vineyard Times, the deck was showered with salt water for about 5 minutes by all the sprinklers.

The paper reported the chief engineer was pressurizing the system, which caused the leak.

This marks the latest mishap for the Steamship Authority, which has been forced to cancel hundreds of trips for non-weather related reasons already this year.

Earlier this week, the boat line’s Board of Governors voted to enter contract negotiations with a Seattle-based company to handle a full review of the Steamship Authority’s operations.

The M/V Martha’s Vineyard has been plagued by equipment problems in recent months, including losing power during a trip from Martha’s Vineyard to Woods Hole in March.

The boat line had to cancel some trips to Nantucket on Wednesday when a maintenance check discovered that computer processing units inside the M/V Iyanough’s radar units needed to be replaced.

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