MV Island Home to be out of service until Saturday

Repairs needed; freight boat Sankaty to replace Island Home runs.

Photo by Michael Cummo

Updated at 5:25 pm, Wednesday

The Steamship Authority (SSA) has announced that starting with the 3:45 pm trip on Wednesday, February 4, the ferry Island Home will be out of service for repairs until Saturday, Feb. 7.

The vessel was also taken out out of service for several trips on Tuesday.

“The ship’s service generator developed a leak of the cooling system,” said Bob Davis, SSA treasurer, in a phone interview with The Times Wednesday afternoon. “Yesterday we took it off line to make some repairs. The Coast Guard inspected it this morning and approved it to go out. We noticed in the morning the problem was reoccuring.”

The freight boat Sankaty will replace the Island Home on the schedule until repairs are complete. Mr. Davis said the SSA is trying to rearrange some reservations to accommodate as many people as possible. He expected some inconveniences Thursday and Friday, however, because the freight vessel has limited capacity for vehicles and passengers.

The Steamship Authority advises its customers to check the Authority’s website for further updates at

This story was updated to include information about the nature of the Island Home’s repairs.