Mechanical issue sidelines ferry Governor

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In this photo taken from the Island Home, Steamship Authority workers can be seen lowering a boom and tossing an absorbent cloth into the water next to the MV Governor. That's SSA general manager Robert Davis in the blue shirt. - George Brennan

The Steamship Authority canceled early morning ferry crossings for the MV Governor. In alerts sent out the ferry service, the reason given was “mechanical issues.”

At the Woods Hole terminal Friday morning, the Governor remains in its slip with work crews putting absorbent booms and cloth into the water indicating a possible fuel leak.

Both general manager Robert Davis and finance director Mark Rozum could be seen onboard the ferry as crews tossed the boom and the cloth over the side.

“Prior to the 5:30 am departure from Woods Hole this morning, the crew of the MV Governor noticed a sheen in the water near the vessel,” SSA spokesman Sean Driscoll wrote in an email. “Steamship Authority personnel responded by putting oil-absorbent materials in the water to contain and absorb the substance in the water. The U.S. Coast Guard responded and the vessel and surrounding area were inspected for possible sources of the sheen. Although the investigation into the origin of the sheen is ongoing, the U.S. Coast Guard cleared the M/V Governor to resume service starting with the 9:50 am departure from Woods Hole.

Updated with information from SSA.