Bigger Boats on the Way


We’re gonna get a bigger boat. After a summer of large ferry crowds and many getting left behind at the dock, it looks like the NYC Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) finally got the message.  According to a September 27 report by AM New York, NYCEDC and NYC Ferry operator, Hornblower, are working out an arrangement to bring three 350-passenger vessels to the ferry fleet by 2018—more than twice the capacity for current boats operating across the citywide ferry service.

The AM New York article said that NYCEDC will be spending millions of dollars to bring the new boats into service by the summer of 2018. As of last Wednesday, NYCEDC was formalizing a change order with Hornblower.  Horizon Shipbuilding Inc. in Alabama and Metal Shark in Louisiana are currently working to build 20 ferries for NYC Ferry and the change order will have Metal Shark build the three large ferries, according to the article. The bigger boats will cost the city between $7 million and $7.5 million, each.

It is not guaranteed that the larger boats will be strictly used for the Rockaway route. The larger boats will be used across the citywide ferry service on an as-needed basis. By the summer of 2018, when these larger boats are expected to be in service, the citywide ferry service will include two additional routes, to the Bronx and the Lower East Side.

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