Two Steamship Authority Vessels Collide at Woods Hole Terminal

CCB MEDIA PHOTO The Steamship Authority is planning a third slip at its Woods Hole terminal.

The Steamship Authority Woods Hole terminal.

WOODS HOLE – Two Steamship Authority vessels collided with each other in the Woods Hole Terminal Wednesday morning.

According to the Steamship Authority, the M/V Governor was approaching an empty slip around 11:40 a.m. at the terminal when the captain lost steering, causing a collision with the M/V Martha’s Vineyard, which was docked in the adjacent slip.

The loss of steering was caused by a stalled engine as the captain was starting to reverse the bow engine on the double-ended ferry.

The Chief Engineer was able to restart the bow engine and the captain then proceeded into the slip.

There were no injuries or vehicle damage, but there was minor damage to both vessels.

The M/V Governor had minor damage to the superstructure and the M/V Martha’s Vineyard had a 12” crack in the hull plate.

Coast Guard inspectors responded and have cleared the M/V Governor to resume service from Woods Hole to Vineyard Haven.

Repairs to the M/V Martha’s Vineyard are still being evaluated.

In the meantime, the Authority’s spare backup vessel, the M/V Katama, will be put into service to help with the backlog of vehicles trying to depart Martha’s Vineyard.

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