Ferry’s reverse thrust system failed, alcohol not a factor: NTSB

Posted at 7:38 PM, Jan 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-10 19:39:16-05

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”.


Damage suffered by a Seastreak ferry when it pulled into Pier 11 at the South Street Seaport at around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday. Passengers were tossed around in a chaotic scene. (WPIX-TV)

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.”


Nearly two dozen people were injured in a ferry crash at the South Street Seaport Wednesday morning. The image above was taken from the scene. (@HustleCityInc via Twitter)

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.