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Captain warns of Staten Island ferry dangers

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - A pilot for the Staten Island Ferry has anonymously told the NY Post that it's just a matter of time before something catastrophic occurs on the vessels.

The captain reportedly said the ferries are ill-designed, poorly maintained and are plagued by poor performing batteries that cause the shutdown of one or more of the four 'drives.' The 'drives' are linked to the propellers.

The anonymous warning is frightening for the 60 million people the ships carry every year.

The Staten Island Ferry has a history of serious mishaps, eight in the last 11 years including a hard landing in 2010 when the Andrew J. Barbieri smashed into the St. George Terminal injuring 50 passengers.

The boat's propellers failed following an electrical malfunction, according to federal investigators.
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