The Martha’s Vineyard Fast Ferry from Rhode Island has canceled service over the holiday weekend due to upcoming inclement weather, ferry owner Charlie Donadio confirmed on Friday.
All boats that were supposed to run from Thursday to Monday were canceled on Wednesday, Donadio said. Passengers who booked in advance were reimbursed.
The fast ferry had planned to start its summer service from Quonset, RI this holiday weekend after more than a year out of the water due to the pandemic. The ferry line was scheduled to reopen just for the weekend, with plans to resume full service on June 17.
An upcoming storm system expected to sweep through the vineyard this weekend, combined with lingering logistical complications related to Covid, prompted Mr Donadio to delay the ferry opening until June.
The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for Dukes and Nantucket counties from Friday to Saturday at 2 p.m., with northeast winds of up to 35 miles per hour expected. Rain and wind are expected all weekend.
“We decided to cancel very early and give all of our passengers as much notice as possible to make alternate arrangements,” Donadio said. “Sea conditions and tides are going to blow everything in Oak Bluffs Harbor. It’s going to be pretty dangerous.
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He said the ferry would begin full summer service seven days a week starting June 17.
The Steamship Authority issued a weather travel advisory on Friday and the Island Queen ferry canceled all Saturday trips.