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This page is intended to provide some helpful guidelines and information pertaining to Fire Island Ferries, Inc. freight boat service. Through our experience, we have found it necessary to formulate these policies. We strive to provide consistent and superior service given the constraints of time, the variations in weather, the unforgiving marine environment and the finite limits of shipping/warehouse space. So, while some of these policies may seem arbitrary and/or unfair, they have evolved through time for the overall benefit of our customers, the vendors and the Fire Island Ferries.
Lumber and building supplies:
NO lumber or building supplies of ANY kind will be accepted on Saturdays, Sundays or holidays.
NO lumber or building supplies will be accepted after 9:30am Monday thru Friday.
NO lumber or building supplies will be accepted at the Bay Shore main terminal at any time.
Building supplies include: kitchen cabinets, plumbing supplies/fixtures, windows, doors, tile, flooring, paneling, bulk landscape supplies, fireplaces, stairs, hot tubs, etc.
Lumber/building supplies are only accepted for same day delivery. Any questions or confusion please call.
Times of operation:
All freight boats are scheduled to leave Bay Shore (end of Maple Ave.) at 10:00am.
Weather permitting, we run Monday through Friday year round. During the height of the season, we also run on Saturdays. This is generally from mid-April to the end of September, call for actual dates.
For same day deliveries we will accept shipments from 7:00am to 9:30am at the foot of Maple Avenue. Please inform shippers that the earlier the better. Please give us the courtesy of a phone call for any large shipments so we can make the proper space accommodations.
We will accept commercial deliveries:
Monday thru Friday 7:00am to 3:30pm
Saturdays (when freight boat runs) 7:00am to 9:30am
Liquor will only be accepted for same day shipment. This means deliveries will only be accepted Monday thru Friday between 7:00am and 9:30am and the same time on Saturdays mid-April thru the end of September.
Deliveries attempted during other times will be refused and
trucks will be turned away.
If you are sending items back to Bay Shore, please call for an estimated time as to when the freight boat will be in your community.
All freight going to or from Fire Island must be labeled with NAME and DESTINATION (i.e. “John Doe – Ocean Beach”), please have each item labeled. Fire Island Ferries employees will not label freight, so if someone else or a vendor is making the delivery to us please inform them it is their responsibility to label each item (most shipping companies are very cooperative as long as they are informed ahead of time). You will find more detailed shipping rules pertaining to specific communities as you scroll through our freight policy.
When shipping via UPS, Fed Ex, Airborne or any of the other shipping services please label your freight as follows:
John Doe – Ocean Beach
99 Maple Ave.
Bay Shore NY 11706
Jane Smith – Fair Harbor
99 Maple Ave.
Bay Shore NY 11706
Please remember that without a name and destination on the address label we will not accept any deliveries.
F.I. Ferries is not a postal office and cannot accept any parcel post or mail in care of our customers. All mail and parcel post items must be shipped to your respective post offices on Fire Island (Ocean Beach – year round, Saltaire – seasonal, Fair Harbor – seasonal, Kismet – seasonal). Anything shipped via the US mail service in care of F.I. Ferries will be returned to sender. In order to ensure our receipt of your order please make sure that it is shipped via UPS or FedEx to the Fire Island Ferries address (99 Maple Ave., Bay Shore, NY 11706) and not to your P.O. Box. When filling out the shipping address use the format laid out above.
If you call the freight department, to locate a shipment, we ask that you please have the tracking number accessible. This will allow us to locate your delivery in a more timely and accurate manner.
We ask that customers, who have set up a credit card account with us, have a written list of the items they are personally delivering to the freight boat. Once these items are unloaded out of your vehicle, you can hand a crew member your list. This will lower the amount of time that you may have to wait when delivering freight.
For personal freight, please make an effort to have all boxes, cartons, crates, etc. closed, sealed and labeled properly. We will not be responsible for any items in unsealed containers and reserve the right to refuse such containers. You are responsible for labeling your freight. The unusually hectic nature of freight and the large numbers of customers has forced us to stipulate that Fire Island Ferries employees not label anyone’s freight. This will insure that the proper name, destination and date of shipment will be on the label. If you are dropping off your own freight at the Bay Shore main terminal, you can do so as long as the terminal is open. If the garage door is closed, ask a parking attendant if they could please open it for you.
Please remember we are operating in a marine environment that is beyond our control. Your freight is being shipped on boats, on the water. Therefore, it is subject to wind, salt spray and fog as well as the normal rain, sleet, snow and sun variables. If you are worried about it, protect it. We strive to make sure all freight we ship is protected from the elements, but you are ultimately responsible for the proper safeguarding of your property.
Please inform any of your vendors, who ship via truck, of these basic policies. All freight must be labeled with name and destination. If the item is not properly labeled, it will be refused. All freight must be properly protected (i.e. we will refuse any new furniture that is not boxed, wrapped or otherwise protected). All freight must be delivered only during the hours previously mentioned. All freight that requires a signature will be accounted for by the number of pieces received. However, if your freight is pre-palletized we will sign for one pallet in AS IS condition. The Fire Island Ferries reserves the right to refuse a shipment if, upon inspection, there is obvious damage. We will only sign a shipping invoice if we are provided with a copy for our records. The condition we receive your freight is generally the condition you receive your freight. No claims can be made for freight once it leaves our care and custody. We are not responsible for hidden damages. Those claims must be made to the original shipper. We have an astoundingly good record within the shipping industry, yet mistakes do happen.
Please bring any problems to our attention immediately.
Due to limited inside, shore side storage, many items will be restricted to outside storage. We are not responsible for any items left outside overnight. Aside from the obvious gas containers, gas powered equipment, propane tanks and barbeques, other items requiring outside storage include (but not restricted to): kayaks, canoes, windsurfers, sailboats, jet skis, dinghies, soiled laundry, nursery stock, lumber, building supplies (see above), golf carts and bicycles.
Policy by community:
These specifications are to be combined with all previously mentioned information regarding our freight service.
The Village of Ocean Beach does NOT have a freight house for the time being. Please do not send any freight unless you are prepared to pick it up or have someone do so. If you are dropping freight off yourself at the Bay Shore freight house, located in the main terminal, please have your items labeled with name, destination AND the date that you would like your freight shipped. Without a date of shipment on the tag, we cannot assume that you will be in Ocean Beach to pick up your freight the following day. Therefore, that freight would remain in Bay Shore until we receive a phone call from you notifying us of what day you will be present to gather and pay for it. For those who are having freight shipped to them via UPS or common carrier, please call (631)647-3055 at least a day ahead of time (Mon. – Fri. 7:00am through 3:30pm) to let us know of your intended shipping date. When you call, make sure to ask for someone in the freight department to facilitate the proper communication. Any alcohol/soda deliveries not paid for and/or claimed by the time the freight boat departs Ocean Beach for Bay Shore will be brought back to Bay Shore from Ocean Beach and redelivered on the following day’s freight boat. The freight charge will be doubled in the event of having to redeliver. Alcohol/soda orders not claimed on Saturday will go back to Bay Shore until a phone call is received from the customer as to what day’s freight boat they would like it shipped back to Ocean Beach. NO SUNDAY FREIGHT BOAT. Call the ferries for that day’s Ocean Beach departure time. If you will not be able to claim your delivery before the freight boat departs Ocean Beach, please make arrangements for someone to pick up and pay for your items while the freight boat is still in Ocean Beach. This way you will not have to wait until the following day’s freight boat for your likely nighttime entertainment. Thank you for cooperating.
Fair Harbor, Seaview and Ocean Bay Park do have their own freight houses. However, due to the relatively small size of the freight houses and the vast quantities of freight transported to these communities, the freight houses can only be considered as temporary waypoints for your items. If new, larger household goods (bedding, furniture, appliances, etc.) are being shipped, we request that you do not ship them to us until you can take immediate possession. In addition, please arrange to have your smaller deliveries picked up as close as possible to the shipping date. For those unable or unwilling to comply with this request: we are not responsible for any freight held for 7 days or more; storage charges will begin to accrue after 14 days (equal to freight charge for each 7 day period); we reserve the right to dispose of anything left more than 30 days at customers expense.
The Village of Saltaire has a cartage concessionaire (Mr. Barry Wetherall (631)581-0993) who is responsible for moving all freight off the dock, in Saltaire. Fire Island Ferries is relieved of further liability once Saltaire freight is left on the dock. Please contact Mr. Wetherall ahead of time to make arrangements to have your freight delivered to your residence. Fire Island Ferries freight charges are from Bay Shore to the Saltaire dock (or vice versa). Because of this unique arrangement, homeowners will be held responsible for any freight charges that renters or house guests incur and fail to pay. Please inform your guests/renters that they can and should pay their freight bill at the freight boat. There is a separate and unrelated charge for cartage from the dock – please contact Mr. Wetherall for further information.
Atlantique, Dunewood and Kismet do NOT have freight houses. As a result, all freight must have a shipping date. For those of you who are dropping off freight yourselves please put a shipping date on each item. Without a date of shipment on the tag, we cannot assume that you will be available to pick up your freight the following day. Therefore, that freight would remain in Bay Shore until we receive a phone call from you notifying us of what day you will be present to gather and pay for your freight. For those who are having freight shipped to them via UPS or common carrier, please call (631)647-3055 at least a day ahead of time (Mon. – Fri. 7:00am through 3:30pm) to let us know of your intended shipping date. When you call, make sure to ask for someone in the freight department to facilitate the proper communication.
Bay Shore has a freight house for returns off of Fire Island. Due to the relatively small size of the freight house and the vast quantity of freight returned to the mainland, the freight house can only be considered as a temporary waypoint for your items. If you are shipping freight back to Bay Shore to be picked up by another carrier, we would appreciate it if you would arrange a pick up date with that company before shipping the item. With this cooperation on your end the return will not sit on our side for weeks. As a reminder, we are not responsible for any freight held for 7 days or more; storage charges will begin to accrue after 14 days (equal to freight charge for each 7 day period); we reserve the right to dispose of anything left more than 30 days at customer’s expense.
Pricing and Payment:
All freight charges are due upon receipt unless you have a commercial shipping account (including a $1000.00 deposit) or have set up a credit card account with us. We ask that customers, who have set up a credit card account with us, have a written list of the items they are personally delivering to the freight boat. Once these items are unloaded out of your vehicle, you can hand a crew member your list. This will lower the amount of time that you may have to wait when delivering freight. We accept cash, credit cards (AMEX, Visa, Mastercard and Discover) and personal checks from Fire Island homeowners. If you plan on using your credit card for a one-time payment, there will be a $20 minimum. For now, we can only accept your card information at the main terminal (Monday-Friday 10:00-3:30pm) or the end of Maple Avenue when dropping freight off for same day delivery (Monday-Friday 7:00am-10:00am). In the height of the season, we can also accept your credit card information on Saturdays, during the same times. We cannot accept credit card information on the Fire Island side. Fire Island Ferries also asks that you be present, during freight business hours, in order to record your credit card information with us. For that reason we do not accept your information over the phone.
Due to the vast variability of items we ship, prices are usually set upon visual inspection (size and weight) of the item in question and can vary.
We would like to make your freight shipping experience as painless and expeditious as possible. Your cooperation will help immensely. If you have any questions, please call and ask to speak to the freight department.