The Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Ferry Heightens Safety Protocols As Service Continues for Everyday Passengers, Essential Workers, and Freight

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Connecting Suffolk County to Coastal Connecticut, ferry travel across the Long Island Sound remains open for commuters in the Tri-State Area. The Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Steamboat Company announced that they have heightened safety protocols and will continue to provide transportation services.

Amid the ongoing response to COVID-19, the popular ferry that connects Bridgeport, Connecticut with Port Jefferson, New York remains a vital mode of travel for residents of the Tri-state area.

Welcoming daily passengers and essential workers, as well as auto, truck, and freight, the ferry recently posted on social media that it is proudly transporting individuals and vehicles that are providing necessary services to the community.

One such story involves helping Alice Glass, a supporter of the Charlestown Face Shield Project, transport 1,000 donated face shields to frontline medical workers in Brooklyn. Among many of the individuals and organizations Ms. Glass thanked in a Facebook post dated April 12, 2020, is “The Bridgeport & Port Jefferson ferry for transporting all 14 boxes across the Sound, they were instrumental!”

Managed by The Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Steamboat Company, a McAllister Towing Company, which has served the area for over 130 years, the ferry has implemented heightened protocols to protect the safety of its employees and passengers.

According to Fred Hall, Vice President & General Manager of Bridgeport and Port Jefferson Steamboat Company, CDC standards and safety protocols implemented include increasing the number of personnel responsible for cleaning and sanitizing vessels and terminals, providing hand sanitation and utilizing disinfectant products both afloat and ashore, limiting passengers to enforce social distancing, and encouraging employees and customers to commit to the highly-effective practice of handwashing frequently and thoroughly.

As the company continues to closely monitor and quickly implement the recommendations of all federal, state and local health authorities, it emphasizes that the ferry is a safe, clean, and scenic way to travel across the Long Island Sound.

Passengers are encouraged to visit to review regularly updated advisories, confirm times, and book their trips. Reservations for commercial and personal vehicles can be made up to 2 hours in advance of departure, online or by phone.

About: The Bridgeport and Port Jefferson Steamboat Company

One hundred and thirty six years ago, in 1883, the The Bridgeport and Port Jefferson Steamboat Company was established to link the agriculture of Long Island with the industry of New England. As time has shown, the exact reason may not be the same but the need has never left. Please come and join us for a ride across the sound that was started by a local Port Jefferson family, the Tookers, with the help of one of the most famous promoters of all time, P.T. Barnum.

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About: McAllister Towing Company

One of the oldest and largest family-owned marine towing and transportation companies in the United States, McALLISTER TOWING was founded by Captain James McAllister in 1864 with a single sail lighter. The company has served the maritime community continuously, earning a reputation for unsurpassed excellence. Today, the company operates a balanced and extensive fleet of tugs, barges, and ferries in the major ports on the U.S. East Coast and in Puerto Rico.

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