IMTRA equips multiple passenger vessels in 2019

(NEW BEDFORD, Mass.) — In 2019, multiple passenger vessels selected equipment from IMTRA, a leading manufacturer and importer of quality solutions and products for the marine, energy and transportation markets, for newbuilds and retrofits.

The Chebeague (Maine) ferry Independence was launched in July 2019 and put into service in January 2020. Builders Washburn & Doughty, from East Boothbay, Maine, chose IMTRA for the vessel’s Side-Power thruster system. Chebeague Transportation Co. has been transporting passengers, vehicles and freight from Yarmouth, Maine to Chebeague Island, Maine for decades.

IMTRA partnered with Blount Boats for several newbuilds. The Governors Island ferry serves 400 passengers per trip between Lower Manhattan, New York and Governors Island, N.Y. They have selected IMTRA for deck lights and a custom wiper system engineered by IMTRA. Isle of Fire, for Fire Island Ferries, also added deck lights and wipers by IMTRA. The vessel carries a total of 400 passengers. 

The South Ferry Co. commissioned the 101-foot-long, 40-foot-wide double-ended ferry Southern Cross with IMTRA searchlights, interior lights, deck lights, wipers and navigation lights. IMTRA’s team worked with the builders to provide a full custom lighting plan for optimal illumination. South Ferry Co. has been providing transportation between Shelter Island and North Haven, N.Y., on Long Island’s southern tip since the 1700s.

Since 1955, Maid of the Mist has had boats in the Niagara River, bringing millions of visitors up close and personal with Niagara Falls. Maid of the Mist is currently approaching the final stages of construction on its new battery-powered electric boats that will become their full-time zero emissions vessels next season. Maid of the Mist 8 and 9 will include wipers, interior lighting and deck lighting from IMTRA. 

The San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) launched several new 445-passenger ferries into the San Francisco Bay Ferry fleet. The vessels are high-speed, high-capacity ferries that will primarily serve North Bay routes. WETA selected IMTRA to supply navigation lights, shades and searchlights.

“High capacity passenger vessels require the most rugged and reliable equipment in the industry,” said Alex Larsen, vice president of commercial sales, IMTRA. “With demanding timelines, unforgiving conditions and the safety of passengers a priority, it is an honor that ferry operators have trusted IMTRA to provide top-of-the-line equipment for their vessels. We are proud to have been involved in these projects and look forward to partnering with additional ferry builders and operators in 2020 and beyond.”

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By Professional Mariner Staff