NTSB officials say the captain of the ferry that crashed into the pier is Seastreak’s most experienced captain, with 17 years on the job. He reports the reverse thrusts on the ferry – the systems that would have allowed him to slow down as he pulled into the dock…failed.
The damaged “Wall Street” ferry is now docked back in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey – the subject of an investigation led by a National Transportation Safety Board “Go Team”.
If Thursday morning’s crowded Seastreak ferry is any indication – commuters may be treating a bizarre crash near the wall street pier just a day earlier as an isolated incident.
Commuter Charles Virginia told Pix11, “It’s really a safe boat company. And I think the track record shows that. When you’re traveling in bad weather, or at night, when it’s dark out, you’re bound to have minor accidents. It’s actually a really safe boat company.”
Dozens of people were injured after the boat struck the pier traveling at about 11 miles an hour.
Coast Guard officials say the captain and crew passed alcohol tests that were administered after the crash and drug test results will take another several days.