Wind diverts SSA trips

The Steamship Authority ferry Island Home. —Eunki Seonwoo

Updated September 25

The Steamship Authority continued to divert ferries from Oak Bluffs on Monday because of bad weather. 

Around 14 Oak Bluffs ferries were rerouted to Vineyard Haven on Monday, following similar levels of diversions on Saturday and Sunday. 

The SSA warned in an online post Friday that “gusty winds” forecast for Saturday and early Sunday might cause trip cancellations, especially on the high-speed Nantucket service. The authority also stated trips to and from Oak Bluffs might be diverted to Vineyard Haven. No travel advisory was issued for Monday. 

According to the National Weather Service, the Vineyard was forecast to see easterly winds on Saturday of up to 25 mph during the day, and up to 26 mph at night, with chances of rain. A high rip current risk was also in effect until 8 pm on Saturday. For Monday, the weather service expected wind gusts to reach over 40 miles per hour at times.

Around 13 trips on the Oak Bluffs route were diverted to Vineyard Haven on Saturday. No cancellations occurred on the Martha’s Vineyard route, but several ferries between Nantucket and Hyannis were canceled due to weather conditions.

Sunday saw a similar number of ferries diverted to Vineyard Haven from Oak Bluffs because of weather conditions. A trip from Vineyard Haven to Woods Hole at 8:35 am was canceled due to a crew shortage. 

To change or modify a reservation, visit the SSA website at, call the reservation office at 508-477-8600, or visit one of the authority’s terminals.


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