SSA presents three choices for freight boat Governor replacement

The freight boat Governor is scheduled to be replaced. The question is with what type of vessel. — Photo by Nelson Sigelman

The Steamship Authority (SSA) plans to replace the freight boat Governor. The question is, with what type of vessel? Tuesday morning, SSA management reviewed three options with members at the authority’s meeting, held in Oak Bluffs.

The choices include a “super-size” freight boat, a new passenger/vehicle ferry similar to the size of the Martha’s Vineyard, and an even larger ferry of the same type as the Island Home. A new vessel might cost between $25 million to $35 million.

SSA treasurer Bob Davis displayed calculations based on 2012 schedules that showed each alternative would result in additional annual operating costs of from $2.3 million to $4 million, depending on the selection. Management expects to present its recommendations next month.

In other business, the boatline members approved the 2014 winter and summer schedules and additional service over the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend.

SSA general manager Wayne Lamson also reviewed the authority’s new website, now running in tandem with the existing website. Mr. Lamson said initial reaction has been very positive. A full switch is not expected until the end of the summer. “We are looking for feedback,” Mr. Lamson said.