EBDG to design new ferry for Miller Boat Line

(SEATTLE) — Miller Boat Line of Put-in-Bay, Ohio has awarded Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) a contract to design a new passenger/vehicle ferry to supplement its current operation servicing the Lake Erie islands. The ferry will be roughly 140 feet in length with a carrying capacity of 26 standard vehicles and up to 600 passengers. The vessel will be ADA accessible and will feature Tier 3 propulsion technology.

Special attention was given to design a vessel that enhances onboard passenger comfort and improve the loading and discharge times of both vehicles and passengers.

"We are thrilled to partner with Miller Boat Line as they invest in the future of their operation and ridership," said Brian King, principal in charge and chief engineer for Elliott Bay Design Group.

Jacob Market, vice president of resources for Miller Boat Line, said, "EBDG offered a thorough, well thought-out approach to our operational needs, addressing every aspect of our desired vessel outcome. The initial design offered by Elliott Bay Design Group was very much in line with our goals and we look forward to working with their team." 

Miller Boat Line operates passenger/vehicle ferries from Catawba Point, Ohio to Put-in-Bay (South Bass Island) and Middle Bass Island in Lake Erie's Western Basin. Miller ferries transport hundreds of thousands of passengers and vehicles each year, and are the lifeline to the resort islands. The company was established in 1905 and is family owned and operated. For more information, visit www.millerferry.com.

Elliott Bay Design Group is an employee-owned company with offices in Seattle, New Orleans and Ketchikan, Alaska that provides naval architecture, marine engineering and production support services to owners, operators and shipyards across the country. For more information, visit www.ebdg.com.

By Professional Mariner Staff