Shops On Nantucket Could See Issues After UPS Misses Ferry Bookings

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NANTUCKET, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Shops on Nantucket may find themselves in a tough spot this summer because of a possible mix-up between the Steamship Authority and UPS.

Each year the Steamship Authority allows shipping companies to book spots on its ferries to allow their delivery trucks to travel to the island. However, UPS reportedly missed the priority window to book a place on the ferries, and the ships have since reached near full capacity for large trucks, the Boston Globe reported.

A spokesperson from UPS told WBZ NewsRadio the company was able to book some ferry reservations but did specify how many spots or trips they had booked. This uncertainty could lead to issues for businesses and residents on Nantucket that rely on UPS for shipping during the high-traffic spring and summer months.

Shantaw Bloise, the business manager at the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce, told the Boston Globe this error is "going to put us in a world of hurt” because UPS is the biggest delivery carrier to the island.

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The UPS spokesperson confirmed the shipping company is working on other transportation options to make sure people on Nantucket get their packages during the summer. UPS did not comment on the cause of the mishap, it remains unclear if this was due to operator error or if the company simply forgot the deadline.

WBZ's Jim MacKay (@JimMacKayOnAir) reports.

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