SSG MICHAEL H. OLLIS

SSG MICHAEL H. OLLIS

The Staten Island Ferry will soon debut a new class of passenger ferries that will run along the heavily traveled corridor between Manhattan and Staten Island.   SSG Michael H. Ollis is the lead vessel in the series of three ferries designed to carry 4,500 passengers. Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) in Florida built the vessels based on a design from…
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FERRIES/EXCURSION

FERRIES/EXCURSION

The covid-19 pandemic was particularly brutal on passenger vessel operators, many of whom experienced sharp declines in ridership as commuters stayed home and tourists sought activities away from other people. But there are signs that the market is coming back to life as people return to work — and the morning commute. Although new passenger vessel deliveries were down sharply over…
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Miles add up fast for  Mobile Bay ferry captains

Miles add up fast for Mobile Bay ferry captains

With three short blasts of the whistle, Marissa Mae Nicole got underway from Dauphin Island, Ala., for Fort Morgan, four miles across Mobile Bay. Longtime Mobile Bay Ferry Capt. Dennis Kula guided the double-ended vehicle ferry away from the landing under gray skies and steered east toward open water.  Joe Kula, his brother and port captain, came along for the…
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Seastreak newcomer pushing through dip in demand

Seastreak newcomer pushing through dip in demand

Two years ago, Seastreak LLC took delivery of Seastreak Commodore, a 600-passenger fast ferry, from Gulf Craft of Franklin, La. Designed by Australia-based Incat Crowther, the vessel is the largest of its kind in the United States and was built to meet the burgeoning demand for service in the New York-New Jersey market. Then COVID-19 arrived and passenger traffic took…
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