Mechanical issues have forced a record number of interruptions in ferry service from Falmouth to Martha's Vineyard so far this year. As a matter of fact, The Vineyard Gazette reports that 549 ferry trips have been cancelled.

The cause is mechanical issues, including one in March that stranded more than 70 passengers at sea for about five hours. One of the ships that is plagued with problems recently underwent a $17 million overhaul.

The report says that last year there were only 26 mechanical related disruptions of service. However in the first four months of 2018, there have been nearly 550 cancellations. That has caused hundreds of complaints to the Steamship Authority, who operates the ferry service. Many come from residents of Martha's Vineyard, some who use the ferry to commute to work.

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