New York City’s Department of Transportation has awarded the contract to construct three new 4,500-passenger ferries to Eastern Shipbuilding of Panama City Florida.
Builder of the magnificent 141-foot steel schooner, Columbia II, Eastern is a family-owned shipbuilder. The three 320-foot ferries are part of the new OLLIS class, named for Army Staff Sergeant Michael Ollis, a Staten Islander killed in 2013 in Afghanistan. Delivery of the new vessels is projected for 2019.
The double-ended ferries will be powered by four EMD 12-710 Tier 4 engines driving a single Voith Schneider model 36 RV6 ECS/285-2 propeller on each end.
The Staten Island Ferry operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year carrying over 23 million passengers each year on the 5.2-mile route between St George Terminal on Staten Island and Whitehall Terminal at the southern tip of in Manhattan.