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Staten Island ferry union wants NYC new boats docked after fire

A trio of new passenger boats should be mothballed until a recent fire aboard one of the vessels is investigated, the city’s ferry union said.

The Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association — which represents captains, mates, and engineers on the Staten Island Ferry — wrote a letter to the city Department of Transportation,calling for three Ollis-class ferries to be put out of service while the city probes the blaze on the Sandy Ground ferryboat last week.

The ferries are named after US Army Staff Sgt. Michael Ollis, a New Dorp native who was killed in Afghanistan in 2013. All three began running this year and include the MV SSG Michael H. Ollis, the Dorothy Day, and the Sandy Ground Ferry, which caught fire last week and forced hundreds of passengers to evacuate.

The union says there are too many safety concerns to keep the boats going.

“We are calling for an immediate docking of all Ollis-class vessels.” union treasure Roland Rexha wrote in a letter to NYCDOT.

Firefighters at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal after an engine fire on the Sandy Ground Ferry on December 22, 2022.
Firefighters at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal after an engine fire on the Sandy Ground Ferry on December 22, 2022.

The union asked the city Department of Transportation to put other Ollis-class ferries out of service while the fire is being investigated.
The union asked the city Department of Transportation to put other Ollis-class ferries out of service while the fire is being investigated.


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Emergency Service police officers arriving at the scene of the fire.
Emergency Service police officers arriving at the scene of the fire.

People waiting for another boat to Manhattan at the Staten Island Terminal after the fire on the Sandy Ground.
People waiting for another boat to Manhattan at the Staten Island Terminal after the fire on the Sandy Ground.


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“Based on the U.S. Coast Guard’s preliminary reports of a fuel leak causing the fire, there are far too many unanswered questions to put those onboard all Ollis-class vessels at any further risk,” Rexha continued. “These vessels are brand new to our harbor and we must insure they are able to provide safe passage to all New Yorkers.”

The union’s call to suspend service on the new ferries comes just one day after a group of New York City Council members called for an investigation into the boats, SILive reported.

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