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PUC To Investigate Prudence Island Ferry Inc.

The PUC will investigate the services of the Prudence Island Ferry after hearing complaints at hearing.

Prudence Island Ferry at the Church Street wharf in Bristol. Credit: W.Rupp
Prudence Island Ferry at the Church Street wharf in Bristol. Credit: W.Rupp
The Division of Public Utilities and Carriers (PUC) will investigate the services of Prudence Island Ferry Inc., reports The Portsmouth Times

The decision came after the board heard complaints of unheated cabins, unlocked bathrooms and other issues at the latest A&R Marine hearing. 

The ferry is currently operated under a business known as Prudence Island Ferry Inc., which has been owned by Bruce Medley since the mid-1980s.

A discussion about ferry services began last year when Medley announced he would retire. 

Medley originally said the ferry service would end on Dec. 1; however, he later took back this statement. The Prudence Island Ferry Service does not plan on closing now. 

However, the retirement announcement set into motion a discussion about ferry services. 

Recently, a new company, A&R Marine, which would operate as Prudence and Bay Islands Transport, has submitted its application to the PUC. 

A&R Marine would operate as Prudence and Bay Islands Transport, according to its application. The company was formed by Ethan Rossi, who holds a captain’s license, and Patricia Rossi, both of Prudence Island, and Stephen Antaya and Danial Antaya, both of Richmond. 

The application was filed on Sept. 19. It seeks a certificate of public convenience and necessity.

The new company will have to prove that is “fit, willing and able to provide ferry service” and that there is a need for the ferry service. 

With Prudence Island Ferry already offering a service to the island, A&R also must prove that the service is inadequate or would be down the road.

What do you think about the PUC investigating Prudence Island Ferry Inc.? Tell us in the comment section below. 

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