Are Ferry Boats Safe?
In 2003, a 310-foot ferry boat was reaching the end of the 5-mile trip between Manhattan to Staten Island in New York with more than 1,500 passengers on board when it crashed full-speed into a maintenance pier. The concrete platform smashed into the starboard side of the ferry and ripped into the main deck, where…Read More
New York East River Ferry Accident Injures Ten
According to the New York Daily News, ten people suffered injuries on August 12 when an East River Ferry full of passengers made a hard landing at Pier 11. The Daily News reported that the ferry was coming into the pier too fast when the accident occurred. One passenger said that the ferry actually slammed…Read More
Mass. Ferry Gets Stuck Twice at Sea in One Month Period
According to Professional Mariner, a high-speed catamaran ferry became stranded twice at sea last summer, with one incident requiring employees and passengers to stay on the vessel overnight. The news outlet reported that Boston Harbor Cruises operates the Cetacea, the vessel involved in the incidents, and that the U.S. Coast Guard is still investigating why…Read More
How Can I Avoid Overcrowding a Ferry Stairwell?
Last fall, in an attempt to reduce injuries associated with ferry accidents, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) began warning vessel operators that they needed to do more to keep passengers from packing into stairwells during safety maneuvers. The agency issued an alert following the January 2013 Seastreak Wall Street accident in New York. In…Read More
What Happens When Cars Crash on a Ferry?
Unforeseen accidents can happen at any time on a ferry; crews must be prepared for any eventuality. Sometimes, even the best trained crew can only stand by helplessly as a passenger does something no one could have prepared for. Earlier this month, when a driver aboard one of the vessels in the Cape May-Lewes Ferry…Read More
Boat Line Worker Wins Lawsuit
Boat Line Worker Wins Lawsuit Boat Line Worker Wins Lawsuit, Jury Awards Steamship Authority Employee More Than $700,000 for Injuries By Julia St. George Cape Cod Times November 8, 1996 BOSTON – A Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority employee injured on the job two years ago was awarded more than $700,000 by…Read More