SSA/M/V Martha’s Vineyard Out of Service
When the Steamship Authority ferry “Martha’s Vineyard” lost power Saturday night, about 15 minutes after departing Vineyard Haven, it was ultimately determined that there was not enough pressure to transfer fuel oil properly.
A back-up transfer pump was installed and after Coast Guard trials, the ferry was returned to service Monday morning.
In a statement Wednesday, SSA General Manager Robert Davis, says that after a generator issue Tuesday night, the decision was made to take the M/V Martha’s Vineyard out of service for additional work and testing.
The statement says the contractor responsible for the ferry’s recent mid-life refurbishment is on-site and working with the boat line’s engineering team.
The M/V Martha’s Vineyard will be out of service for up to a week and the M/V Sankaty will run in its place.
Davis says there is less vehicle space on the Sankaty, so there may be delays in transporting vehicles between the Vineyard and Woods Hole.