SSA slip under repair

A Steamship Authority slip is under repair in Vineyard Haven. —Sam Houghton

A broken transfer bridge in Vineyard Haven operated by the Steamship Authority was under repair Tuesday, and could lead to service disruptions on the Martha’s Vineyard route. 

“Due to repairs to a slip in Vineyard Haven, service delays are likely today on the Martha’s Vineyard route,” the SSA stated in an online post. “Please plan accordingly if you are traveling with us today.”

SSA spokesperson Sean Driscoll told The Times on Tuesday that a pin failed on the transfer bridge, leading to the needed repair. He said repairs are expected to be completed by today. 

While no cancellations are expected stemming from this, Driscoll did point out that delays will be likely. 

“There should be two parking spots, but there’s only one,” he said. “Someone’s going to have to wait.” 


  1. The SSA just doesn’t understand communication: Telling people to vaguely “plan accordingly” because there are going to be “delays” isn’t all that helpful. Delays on all trips? All day? Longer? How long are these delays? Long enough to miss bus connections? Miss medical appointments? Possible cancellations? More information please.

    • They will know the disruption when they see just what work needs to be done, it’s under water.
      The airlines have year around service.
      There are other year around boat lines.

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