The Staten Island Ferry got a big boost in the form of a $191.6 million federal grant that will fund the construction of two new 4,500–passenger ferries, harden ferry facilities against flood damage, and add emergency ferry landings around New York City. The funding was jointly announced by U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“Following the unspeakable devastation on Staten Island wrought by Superstorm Sandy, with this massive federal investment—that we fought so hard to secure—we can truly say that Staten Island’s ships have come in,” says Senator Schumer. “After Sandy, we were again reminded how important ferries are to our transit system during emergencies, and that’s why we need modern, resilient and reliable ferries that our Staten Island commuters and emergency response personnel can rely on.
The new 4,500-passenger vessels will offer critical protection and replace two vessels that have reached their useful life. The new ferries will each have four Voith Schneider Propellers, along with side doors, which will allow them to operate in more extreme weather conditions and dock at other terminals around the city in case of emergency.
NYCDOT selected Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG), Seattle, WA, to design the new class of ferries. This latest federal funding will help NYCDOT move ahead with construction.
John Waterhouse, Chief Concept Engineer, Elliott Bay Design Group and Lee Erdman, Regional Sales Manager, Voith Turbo Marine will both discuss the project at Marine Log FERRIES 2014. The event takes place November 11-13 in Delray Beach, FL. Visit www.marinelog.com/ferries for full conference details.