Hy-Line ferry to Martha’s Vineyard breaks down

The Hy-Line ferry, shown here entering Edgartown harbor, has postponed two runs today. – Stacey Rupolo

Updated @ 5:40 pm

Tuesday afternoon, the Hy-Line has tweeted out that two ferry trips between Martha’s Vineyard and Hyannis have been canceled due to mechanical issues.

Hy-Line has canceled its 3:15 pm trip leaving from Martha’s Vineyard and the 4:25 pm departing from Hyannis.

The vessel that went down was MV Vineyard Lady, according to Philip Scudder, a representative from Hy-Line. It was a generator problem stemming from a fuel pump issue. The vessel still had power but U.S. Coast Guard regulations prohibit operation when one generator is down, he said. They have canceled the rest of the day and are shuttling people by bus from Woods Hole to Hyannis. The repair is slated to take place tomorrow.

Coast Guard Ensign Nathan Mendes said the report was just coming in and will be available in the morning. Mendes also said the Hy-Line’s Grey Lady had a solenoid problem yesterday on the Nantucket/Hyannis run but it did not result in a loss of service.

Hy-Line is a separate entity from the Steamship Authority, which has had six weeks of issues with its fleet of ferries.

Updated to provide details from Hy-Line.