Updated Oct. 23
The Steamship Authority’s ferry, MV Governor, spent its last day before going into hibernation getting some emergency repairs. The freight ferry, which goes out of service at the end of the day Wednesday when the Oak Bluffs terminal also closes for the season, missed four trips on Tuesday “due to mechanical issues,” according to the SSA.
The Governor remained in port Tuesday shortly after noon, when a “sheen” was spotted in the water in Woods Hole. In a text message, SSA spokesman Sean Driscoll wrote, “There is a sheen in the area of Slip 3 that we are investigating.”
Later, Driscoll followed up with the results of the investigation. “An engine cooler on board the vessel was found to be leaking lube oil, about two gallons of which entered the water in the area of Slip 3 in Woods Hole this afternoon,” Driscoll wrote. “The authority is in the process of containing the sheen, and repairs are underway on board the Governor.”
The U.S. Coast Guard investigated, but did not issue any violations, according to Petty Officer Nicole Groll.
The Governor returned to service last evening, Driscoll wrote.
The Oak Bluffs terminal, which has been frequently closed this fall due to heavy winds, officially closes for the season Wednesday. A new schedule goes into effect Thursday morning. You can view it at steamshipauthority.com/schedules.
Updated to include information about schedule changes.