Woods Hole transfer bridges arrive from overseas

A Vineyard Haven transfer bridge, similar to new ones that will be installed in Woods Hole. –Rich Saltzberg

Four new transfer bridges manufactured in China have arrived in Quincy, and will soon make their way to Falmouth, Steamship Authority spokesman Sean Driscoll told The Times. A Swedish firm worked on behalf of the SSA to arrange the fabrication of the bridges.

“The total cost for [four] new bridges is $2.2 million,” Driscoll messaged. The price includes installation.

The transfer bridges, adjustable platforms for loading vehicles, are components of the ongoing Woods Hole project. They will serve the three new ferry slips presently under construction, one per slip. The fourth bridge will be on reserve as a spare, according to Driscoll.





  1. I have to wonder who makes purchase decisions at SSA? In future these ramps can be used by Island Service members on their way to risk their lives in the waters surrounding China.

    2018-12-10 Dai Xu, a People’s Liberation Army Air Force colonel commandant and the president of China’s Institute of Marine Safety and Cooperation, suggested at a conference in Beijing on Saturday that the Chinese navy should use force to counter US freedom-of-navigation operations in the South China Sea.

  2. Who cares ? The clothes shoes dishes and furniture that make up our lives are more than likely from china or another Far East exporter.
    If they were the hugely cheapest bidder good for them.

    • WhaleOilDriller, there are only two reason China is ever competitively priced about anything. Those reasons are, in order of likelihood:

      1) The United States imposes financially burdensome environmental or labor protection regulations, which cost more than shipping the materials and goods to and from the other side of the world.

      2) The Chinese government is subsidizing the price with taxpayer dollars in an effort to drive everyone else out of that business.

      TL;DR: China can only be considered cheaper by externalizing large parts of the costs.

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