Steamship Ferry Arrivals And Departures From Woods Hole

Drivers prepare to exit the ferry in Woods Hole.

The Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority will conduct a public hearing on its proposed operating schedules for summer and fall 2020 on Monday, September 9, at the Falmouth High School auditorium.

The hearing begins at 4 PM.

The proposed operating schedules to be discussed are for the period between May 15, 2020, and January 3, 2021.

“The SSA will consider the testimony given at the public hearing when deciding whether to maintain the original proposed schedule changes or to make modifications thereto. It will also consider written testimony that is submitted regarding the proposed schedule changes,” the Steamship Authority wrote in its announcement.

The public can email testimony or comments to schedules@steamshipauthority.com or write to General Manager Robert B. Davis, Steamship Authority, 228 Palmer Avenue, Falmouth, MA 02540.

According to the Steamship Authority’s website, the proposed operating schedule from May 15 to June 16 would start on the same day and end three days earlier than in 2019. The M/V Governor would be triple crewed and operate up to seven round trips per day starting at 5:30 AM departing from Woods Hole. The M/V Island Home would be triple crewed and operate seven round trips per day, and the M/V Martha’s Vineyard would operate seven round trips daily. The M/V Nantucket might operate in place of the M/V Martha’s Vineyard and the M/V Island Home from May 15 to May 20 and May 27 to June 16 while the M/V Martha’s Vineyard and the M/V Island Home go into repair. The M/V Woods Hole will be triple crewed and operate up to seven round trips per day starting at 5:30 AM departing Vineyard Haven.

The schedule from June 17 to September 8 would start three days earlier and end the same day as in 2019. The M/V Island Home and the M/V Martha’s Vineyard would both be triple crewed and operate seven trips per day and the M/V Governor, and the M/V Nantucket would both be triple crewed and operate up to seven round trips per day. The M/V Sankaty would be single crewed and operate three round trips per day with an optional fourth round trip, Monday through Friday.

The schedule from September 9 to October 20 would start on the same day and end three days earlier than in 2019. The M/V Governor, M/V Katama, M/V Island Home and M/V Nantucket are scheduled to operate on this route.

The schedule from October 21 to January 3 would be similar to the 2019 operating schedule, except they would start three days earlier and would end on the same day. The M/V Martha’s Vineyard and M/V Island Home would be triple crewed and operate seven round trips per day, and the M/V Katama would be triple crewed and operate up to seven round trips per day.

Operating vessels are subject to change and during peak travel periods unscheduled trips may be added to meet traffic demands for the entire 2020 operating schedule, the Steamship Authority wrote.

Additional information about the proposed schedules can be found in the “About/News” page at www.steamshipauthority.com.

(2) comments

flynzy

Maybe on Road Race Sunday the SSA could cancel or reschedule the sailings from WH that occur when Woods Hole Road is closed. This way summer visitors that do not check the website will not be surprised when they cannot get to WH to get the ferry.


nstrumbull

Two important clarifications about the Falmouth resident request for a public hearing. 1) The PETITION REQUEST IS NOT TO CANCEL the 3-year-old 5:30AM daily ferry run from Vineyard Haven to Woods Hole; 2) NOR IS THE PETITION REQUEST TO CANCEL the five-year-old 5:30AM daily ferry run from Woods Hole to Vineyard Haven. The petition concerns the SSA's scheduling of heavy and noisy freight trucks, up to 40' in length, that pass through our residential neighborhoods in Falmouth and Woods Hole beginning at 4:45AM on a daily basis in order to make the 5:30AM ferry on which the SSA schedules them. Hundreds of Falmouth families live in those neighborhoods. The petition for a hearing is NOT about passengers and cars on the 5:30AM ferries. Let the passengers and cars flow as early as Vineyard residents need to make their off-island medical appointments and Logan flights. If the Steamship Authority were thinking ahead and were not so protective of its monopoly position for delivering freight to the Vineyard, the Steamship Authority would of course be actively developing service from other off-Cape ports. If the Steamship Authority is not interested in developing off-Cape freight to the islands, as appears to be the case, they need to give the ball to others.


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