Sankaty sidelined by steering alarm

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The Sankaty was taken out of service Monday afternoon due to a steering alarm. -Rich Saltzberg

Updated Jan. 26

The Steamship Authority freight ferry Sankaty went out of service Monday afternoon so a steering alarm could be investigated. 

“The crew recognized an irregularity in the steering system,” SSA spokesman Geoff Spillane emailed Monday. “Out of an abundance of caution, a decision was made to notify engineering staff for a thorough review.” 

The Sankaty was examined in Woods Hole, and eventually moved to the SSA Fairhaven facility, where it remained Tuesday, SSA spokesman Sean Driscoll told The Times. The freight ferry Katama was brought into service to cover for the Sankaty. The full scope of the Sankaty’s mechanical difficulties has yet to be disclosed by the SSA. 

Updated to report that the vessel is still out of service.  –Ed.

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