UPDATE: Providence-Newport ferry suspended through Friday

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Service has been suspended on the Providence to Newport ferry following a small crash over the weekend.

The ferry hit a buoy in Narragansett Bay late Saturday night as it was moving away from a nearby boat, according to the ferry company, Seastreak.

None of the 18 passengers on board were hurt.

The ferry is being repaired for minor damage, and officials hope to resume services Saturday. They had initially hoped to resume services Wednesday.

RIDOT Director Peter Alviti says the contract with Seastreak has provisions for reduced payments to Seastreak when the ferry is not in service in the case of an accident. "We’re assured and the taxpayer should be assured that the [financial] impact will be minimal," explained Alviti. "In fact, the days of service that [the ferry] is not there, the taxpayers will not be paying for it."

The Providence-Newport ferry is funded by a grant and is subsidized. RIDOT has set aside money for Seastreak’s services for the summer, so with reduced payments this week in light of the accident, the state will remain within budget.

Once the repairs are complete, the ferry has to be inspected by the Coast Guard.

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