Ferries take on water ... not in a good way

EDC pulls some out of commission shortly before another crashes

Oh, ship.

The East River ferries carrying commuters from Long Island City and Rockaway to parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn are already facing major problems, with at least five being taken out of commission after structural problems were discovered and another crashing into an underwater pillar in Manhattan, forcing passengers to disembark in the middle of the water.

The crash happened Monday just after 8 p.m., approximately 90 feet from Pier 11 in Manhattan, according to the NYPD.

The ferry was on its way to Beach 108th Street in Rockaway.

The ferry struck a pylon, an upright structure used for navigational guidance, that was under the water, according to cops.

Original reports claimed the ship hit a sandbar. The collision, cops added, opened two holes in the ferry’s haul.

Police said there were 114 passengers, seven crew members and one dog on board, all of which had to be removed by the NYPD’s Harbor and Aviation Units and the Fire Department to another vessel.

A water pump was used to keep the ferry afloat while the passengers were being evacuated.

All were returned to Pier 11 with no reported injuries.

The city Economic Development Corp., which funds the waterborne transportation service, did not return a request for comment by press time.

The crash took place a day after the New York Post first reported five boats have been pulled out of service due to potentially catastrophic holes being discovered in them.

The holes, the Post reported, could have led to leaks in a compartment that if compromised could cause the ship to sink. Each of the vessels costs about $4 million each.

The EDC did not acknowledge a request for comment on the faulty boats, which are operated by Hornblower.

The ferry service began in May, a little more than two years after Mayor de Blasio first announced the highly anticipated initiative. Queens commuters can board at Hunters Point, or in Rockaway.

State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) told the Chronicle Monday it was upsetting to see problems with the ferries so soon after the launch.

“This is taxpayer money that we’re talking about here,” Addabbo said in a telephone interview conducted before the Nov. 27 crash. “It is concerning to see these types of problems ... but I am glad they were caught before there were any major problems.”

Rockaway residents had a ferry for a short while after Superstorm Sandy, which took them to Manhattan while the A train was out of commission for repairs. When the train came back, the waterborne system stuck around for a short time but was scrapped in October 2014 — the city claimed it was paying too much to subsidize the service — only for the mayor months later to announce it would be coming back.

Addabbo said he’s heard nothing but good things about the service since its start.

“We haven’t gotten any complaints about any problems,” he said.