Agencies to hold maritime security drill Thursday in Hyannis

Staff Writer
Cape Cod Times

HYANNIS — A maritime security drill Thursday led by the Coast Guard will allow law enforcement and transportation agencies to test security protocols for passenger ferry emergencies, according to the Coast Guard.

Troopers from the state police marine unit, representatives from the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Special Response Team, Barnstable police and other Cape police personnel will be taking part in the drill at the Hy-Line Cruises ferry terminal in Hyannis.

The exercise will begin at about 8 a.m. and focus on the response to an attack on a passenger ferry, a statement from the Coast Guard says.

The drills are expected to run until about 7 p.m., and no passengers or ferries to the Islands will be affected, Richard Bigelow, Hy-Line security director, said. In the afternoon, the drill is expected to take place on the Great Point in Nantucket Sound, Bigelow said, and training in the morning will be conducted dockside. 

— Ethan Genter