Sprinkler problem at Oak Bluffs ferry terminal

Firefighters and Steamship Authority maintenance workers responded to a malfunctioning sprinkler system at the Oak Bluffs terminal. — Photo by Steve Myrick

Oak Bluffs firefighters and Steamship Authority personnel responded to an alarm at the Oak Bluffs terminal late Tuesday evening where they found a malfunctioning sprinkler system and a leaking pipe.

Oak Bluffs deputy fire chief Tony Ferreira said the system, normally dry until needed, filled with water.”There was very little damage,” Mr. Ferreira said. “Most of the damage was to the electronics.”

Steamship authority maintenance workers began repairs Wednesday morning. The terminal is closed for the winter, and the repair is not expected to delay the spring opening.

The terminal building was completed in 2010, after a three-phase construction project that included a new pier, passenger walkway, bathrooms, and ticket facility.