[By: Eastern Shipbuilding Group]
Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (ESG) received WorkBoat’s “Boat of the Year” award for the MICHAEL H. OLLIS, a 4,500-passenger ferry the Panama-based company built for the New York City Department of Transportation Staten Island Ferry Division. Eastern was recognized at an awards ceremony at the 41st International Workboat Show in New Orleans, LA.
“It is an honor to be recognized at the world’s largest commercial shipbuilding event and to be shortlisted for this prestigious award. The Michael H. Ollis Staten Island Ferry is in a class of its own with Buy America certifications, environmental safeguards, high energy efficiency, innovative safety measures, powerful performance, and sleek design features. We are proud to deliver this exceptional vessel that millions of passengers will be able to board,” said Joey D’Isernia, President of Eastern Shipbuilding Group.
The second Ollis-class ferry, SANDY GROUND, completed its sea trials in November and is scheduled to be towed to New York from the ESG Port St. Joe shipyard this month.
The new ferries are larger, reflect modern technology and will operate more safely in extreme weather conditions. They feature popular design elements from past Staten Island ferries and new customer service amenities such as more comfortable seats and phone charging outlets and an oval walkway on the upper deck that will for the first time serve as Outdoor “walking track” for ferry passengers. . They have the latest marine technologies in terms of energy efficiency and respect for the environment. Certain vessel design features are part of the emergency response plan with the city.
The three double-ended 4,500-passenger Ollis-class ferries are designed by Elliott Bay Design Group, with each ferry powered by four 750-rpm EPA Tier 4 ABS Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) L12ME23B marine propulsion engines with two engines powering an ABS Reintjes DUP 3000 P combining gear and an ABS 36 RV6 ECS/285-2 Voith Schneider propeller at each end of the vessel. Power generation is provided by three ABS, EPA Tier 3, Caterpillar C18 continuous duty marine diesel generator sets driving 480 V, 60 Hz, three phase generators rated at 425 kW at 0.8 PF at 1800 rpm. min.
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