Maritime Shorts: online ticketing system for ferries, lobster races, shark detection buoy

ByShannon J. Cortes

Jul 1, 2022

Online ticketing system for ferries

ROCKLAND – The Maine Department of Transportation announced that Maine State Ferry Service customers can now purchase ferry tickets online.

Customers who choose to purchase ferry tickets online can either print their tickets to present in person or display their tickets on their devices during the boarding process. Customers will still be able to purchase tickets at the ferry terminals. Ticket prices do not change. This online ticketing system can be accessed at www.maine.gov/ferrytix.

“We are thrilled that the successful launch of this new ticketing system is helping to improve travel for Maine State Ferry Service customers,” said Maine Department of Transportation Commissioner Bruce Van Note. “Thousands of Mainers rely on the lifeline connections provided by the Maine State Ferry Service. Many more people inside and outside our state’s borders are using this service to enjoy Maine’s beautiful island communities. This modernization will improve transportation for our residents and visitors.

Part of the Maine Department of Transportation, Maine State Ferry Service operates six ferries that provide passenger and vehicle ferry service to the islands of Vinalhaven, North Haven, Matinicus, Swan’s Island, Frenchboro, and Islesboro. In 2021, the Maine State Ferry Service served 447,237 passengers. Ferry ridership has recovered well over the past few years, with ridership today about the same as before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lobster Boat Races

STONINGTON – Lobster boat racing will continue in Jonesport-Beals at Moosabec Reach at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 2. A good view of the races from land can be had from the bridge at Beals Island.

On Sunday July 10, the races return to a permanent favorite – Stonington. Lobster boat races begin at 10 a.m., with registration at 7 p.m. at the municipal fish pier. The races are best seen by boat, but glimpses can be had from Hagen Dock located in the downtown village.

Shark detection buoy

BIDDEFORD — A team of University of New England students created and launched a first-of-its-kind shark-finding buoy in the waters of Old Orchard Beach. Complete with solar panels, Wi-Fi, acoustic receiver and SIM capabilities, the buoy seeks to find the movement of sharks in real time.

The buoy, purchased with funding from the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund, is linked to a larger network of several other sensing buoys in Maine and Massachusetts, according to university information. The goal of the project is to increase safety and awareness by expanding monitoring of white shark populations along the coast of Maine.

Last year, which was the first year the state began monitoring sharks, more than 30 white sharks were detected in Maine waters.

A second buoy should be deployed at Popham Beach.