Enhanced security is a fact of life in our world today. Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, there is a recognized need for heightened awareness and security measures wherever large numbers of people congregate, including passenger ferries and terminals.

Over the past few years, the Steamship Authority has made changes to our operations in Hyannis, Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket in compliance with the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002. Although most of these security measures should not in any way inconvenience you, some will require your cooperation.

  • Only baggage accompanied by a ticketed passenger will be permitted on the luggage carts. Unaccompanied freight will not be shipped.
  • Access of personnel other than ticketed passengers will be limited to those possessing official Steamship Authority identification.
  • Walk-on passengers will be closely monitored by Steamship Authority personnel and, when appropriate, law enforcement authorities.
  • Once boarded, passengers will not be permitted to disembark until the vessel has departed and reached its destination.
  • Random confirmation of passenger identification will be employed and random screening of passengers and their belongings may also be conducted.
  • Because of the time requirements associated with security measures which may be in force, the only way to guarantee that your vehicle reservation will be honored is to arrive at least thirty (30) minutes prior to scheduled departure.
  • Only those vehicles which have been properly screened by terminal personnel will be boarded.

We at the Steamship Authority thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.