Two Steamship Vessels Out of Service Again With Mechanical Problems

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WOODS HOLE – The Steamship Authority is once again down two ferries for its Martha’s Vineyard runs after both vessels experienced more mechanical problems shortly after returning from repair work.

The M/V Woods Hole was taken out of service after an alarm code went off in the boat’s control panel shortly before its planned departure from Vineyard Haven Tuesday night. The vessel was sidelined last week due to a broken propeller shaft and returned on Sunday.

The M/V Martha’s Vineyard returned to service Tuesday night after two electrical problems came up last week, but had a breaker for its steering pump trip Wednesday morning. The chief engineer on-board was able to recycle the break and get the pump working again, but the boat line decided to cancel the rest of the M/V Martha’s Vineyard’s trips for the rest of Wednesday morning to assess the situation.

Maintenance personnel and a technician from the manufacturer were headed to Vineyard Haven to inspect the vessel.

With two boats out of service, the Steamship Authority was once again forced to cancel a large number of vehicle reservations and halt standby vehicle travel.

The boat line has chartered SeaStreak’s M/V Whaling City Express to provide a passenger-only shuttle to and from Woods Hole and Vineyard Haven. A similar move was made last week when both the M/V Woods Hole and M/V Martha’s Vineyard were out of service.

The passenger shuttle is expected to arrive at Woods Hole at 1 p.m. and operate on an hourly basis.

The M/V Sankaty is operating on the published schedule of the M/V Woods Hole for the time being.

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