Plans Call for Vineyard Ferry Replacement

Ferries in Woods Hole, MA. Photo by Tom Richardson From new ferries to a terminal overhaul in Woods Hole, the Steamship Authority will be embarking on some major capital planning and spending projects in the coming years.

At the monthly boat line meeting in Hyannis this week, the SSA governors took a look at planning for 2 major projects: the replacement of aging vessels and reconstruction of the terminal at Woods Hole.

Steamship Authority general manager Wayne Lamson told the Gazette Wednesday that the boat line is looking at a replacement study of the nine vessels in the fleet. Vessels have a useful life of 40 to 50 years, he said, and the SSA is sketching a plan to replace a vessel every 5 years or so.

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