Harborside transformers on decaying blocks

Concrete blocks held together with chains fastened by the Steamship Authority. —Rich Saltzberg

Updated August 15 at 3:45 pm

Two transformers near the harbor at the Vineyard Haven Steamship Authority terminal are perched on decaying concrete. The transformers provide electricity to the terminal and receive high voltage. One transformer block is held together with chains. Steamship Authority spokesman Sean Driscoll told The Times the block was struck by a truck sometime before this summer. Driscoll said last week the transformers belonged to Eversource, but the Steamship Authority fastened the chains. He said the block is structurally secure with chains binding it. He expects it will be repaired with “epoxy and rebar” this fall.

Eversource spokesman Michael Durand confirmed Eversource owns and maintains the transformers. However, the energy company does not own the concrete blocks they sit on, he said. On Wednesday Driscoll emailed that he made an inquiry with the Steamship Authority’s facilities manager regarding terminal project files back to 1994 and they could find no specific reference to them: “Since they are on our property, it’s most likely that we were required to supply them, as we were with a transformer here at the new administrative offices last year.”

Updated to include further information from the Steamship Authority.


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