Conrad Shipyard christens Woods Hole ferry


The following is the text of a news release from Conrad Shipyard:

(MORGAN CITY, La.) — M/V Woods Hole, a 235-foot long passenger ferry built for the Steamship Authority of Woods Hole, Mass., was christened on May 20 at Conrad Aluminum in Amelia, La.

The ferry has the capacity to carry 384 passengers, 55 automobiles or 10 18-wheel tractor-trailers. Woods Hole will run its 45-minute route to and from Martha’s Vineyard and the community of Woods Hole. The Steamship Authority Ferry schedule lists 14 trips daily.

The vessel is appointed with oversized leather reclining seats, a snack area, conference tables and Wi-Fi stations, and is equipped with state-of-the-art radar, communications and navigation systems. Woods Hole has a beam of 64 feet, a draft of 10.5 feet and a hull depth of 18 feet.

“She’s a beauty,” said project manager Thomas Rachal. “This vessel is a perfect example of the ships built by Conrad Shipyard. Quality in every detail.”

Conrad President and CEO Johnny Conrad said, “Woods Hole represents the very latest in passenger comfort, safety and convenience. I am very proud of the members of the Conrad shipbuilding team who brought this beautiful vessel to life.”

By Professional Mariner Staff