A report by the National Transportation Safety Board has determined that the Andrew J. Barberi's propulsion system was "possibly defective" at the time of the May 8th crash, which injured 48 people. The ferry had passed inspections less than a month before the crash, but Coast Guard spokesman Charles Rowe reassuringly told the Daily News, "Any mechanical device can, for any variety of reasons, go wrong at any single moment."

The Andrew J. Barberi has had a reputation of disaster since its engine died during the maiden voyage. It was also responsible for the 2003 crash that left 11 dead and many more injured. The ship apparently had propulsion problems before it left the Wisconsin shipyard in 2005, causing its arrival to be delayed by weeks. Sister ships the Marchi and the Guy V. Molinari have also had propulsion problems, but officials say problems are common in custom-made ships like these. The Andrew J. Barberi will join the fleet tomorrow for the first time since the crash.