NYC Ferry, the New York City ferry service started just three months ago, has already moved more than one million people.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted “We just broke one million rides on @ NYC Ferry… we’re changing the game for more New Yorkers.”
The service was started in May with the first two vessels delivered three months ago – and has already expanded to 14 vessels with the total fleet set to reach 20 catamarans.
The fleet of 26 m catamaran ferries was commissioned by Hornblower Cruises to form NYC Ferries, a government initiative to bring an affordable, city-wide ferry network to the city.
The aggressive delivery schedule required by the network is being met by two shipyards, Horizon Shipbuilding and Metal Shark. Incat Crowther has designed the vessels. It said that it was “working closely with the two shipyards, having developed a design that is efficient to produce in the volumes required and in the timeframe they are required”. New systems and communication methods were developed to allow designer and yards to share information and work collaboratively.
Incat Crowther added: “The vessels offer quick turn-around using the standard New York City bow loading geometry. This allows the vessel to nose into wharves with minimal mooring. The wheelhouse of the vessel is situated immediately behind the foredeck with excellent views over the boarding area, enhancing operational safety.”
The vessels deploy efficient Tier 3-certified main engines, dry exhausts and vinyl coating in lieu of toxic solvent-based paints.