The following is the text of a news release from Horizon Shipbuilding Inc.:
(BAYOU LA BATRE, La.) — Horizon Shipbuilding has announced the departure of the first of 13 New York Citywide Ferry vessels operated by Hornblower, with the service set to launch this summer. Each vessel takes about eight months to complete.
The ferry H200 departed to the University of Alabama fight song trumpet fanfare from Horizon on Tuesday, and will travel approximately 1,700 nautical miles to New York City. The second ferry (H201) is scheduled to depart shortly.
Designed by Incat Crowther, the new ferries have an overall length of 85 feet 4 inches, with a 26-foot 3-inch beam. The all-aluminum vessels will achieve a speed of 25 knots.
Travis Short, president of Horizon Shipbuilding, said, “Hornblower has been an excellent partner throughout the build process. Everyone knew going into this that it would require long nights, weekends, unforeseen frustrations and a lot of sweat. The Hornblower team was right there alongside of us every step of the way. For that, I offer a heartfelt thank you.”
Specifications and features for Citywide Ferry vessels include:
• Capacity for 150 passengers along with space for bikes, strollers and wheelchairs.
• ADA Local Law 68/2005 accessibility and compliance.
• More space for passengers than traditional ferries.
• Safe, lightweight aluminum construction for increased fuel efficiency.
• Ultra-efficient engines to reduce emissions.
• Innovative hull design that limits wake and maximizes fuel efficiency.
• Availability of Wi-Fi access and electronics charging stations throughout the vessel.
• Heated foredeck to increase passenger safety while boarding during the cold, snowy winter months.
Sarah McDonald, project coordinator for Citywide Ferry, said, “The delivery of H200 was a major milestone for Hornblower and Horizon. The completion and delivery of this first vessel reset the fire of morale on the project for both companies. We know that we are far from finished, but we send huge congratulations to Horizon Shipbuilding and thank them for all their hard work so far."
The first Citywide Ferry vessel is expected to arrive in New York City in early April. For more information about the project, visit www.citywideferry.nyc.