St. Johns River Ferry reopens after engine problems


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The St. Johns River Ferry reopened Thursday after passing a Coast Guard inspection.

The Ferry had been closed for several days after experiencing mechanical problems.

According to Mark Fernandez, the General Manager of the St Johns River Ferry, repairs began around 8 a.m. Tuesday.

"Saturday about 11:30 in the morning when we were operating, the engineer heard a noise coming from the vicinity of one of the engines, so we went into Mayport and shut down and investigated a clutch problem," Fernandez said. "It wasn't a safety issue or a danger to passengers in any way, but the vessel was unable to continue operating."

The engine repairs were completed Wednesday, but the ferry could not begin operating until it passed a U.S. Coast Guard inspection, which happened Thursday morning.