SSA cancels nine trips Saturday

Saturday's ferry schedule was cut because of a crew shortage. —MV Times

Nine Steamship Authority (SSA) trips were canceled Saturday, Nov. 25, due to a crew shortage.

The 11:05 am, 1:35 pm, 4:05 pm, 6:30 pm, and 8:45 pm trips from Woods Hole to the Island were canceled; likewise, the 12:20 pm, 2:50 pm, 5:20 pm, and 7:30 pm trips from Vineyard Haven to Woods Hole were canceled.

The schedule disruptions were due to a shortage of one licensed deck officer, and were expected to affect only one shift on the MV Katama, Steamship Authority spokesperson Sean Driscoll told The Times Saturday morning. 

“The shift ends tomorrow, so this issue will not extend beyond then,” he said.


  1. SSA WAGES HAVE NOT KEPT UP WITH INFLATION. FOR YEARS! Low seniority workers are forced to stay on boats overnight in Vineyard Haven for no pay. Triple crewing means that crew member gets only part of a weekend off…. never a wholecweekend. Washington State ferry service has different scheduling, much more family- friendly. SSA. Refuses to adopt better schedules. Also a worker has to work 150 days before they qualify for the health plan. SSA makes sure that workers dont ” make permanent” shortly. Morale is poor because its a them vs us divisive environment top heavy with management. Crew input is not sought after , and is laughed at. I did cleaning that previous two watches were too lazy to do when i worked there .

  2. Shameful that several people lost their jobs over the unconstitutional vaccine mandate, SSA needs all hands on deck.

    • And yet, it wasn’t unconstitutional, the last time I checked it was never found to be. the law is the law, right? Law and order?

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