The following is the text of a news release from Metal Shark:
(JEANERETTE, La.) — Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark is once again building multiple high-speed aluminum catamaran passenger vessels for the NYC Ferry service operated by Hornblower.
In early August, Metal Shark received orders from Hornblower for four 97-by-28-foot, 350-passenger U.S. Coast Guard Subchapter K vessels, which are a new and larger platform than the fleet of 150-passenger vessels NYC Ferry currently operates. An additional 85-foot 150-passenger USCG Subchapter T vessel has also been ordered. All of the new vessels are currently in production at Metal Shark’s Franklin, La. ,waterfront shipyard, with accelerated delivery timelines calling for all five vessels to complete and deliver in 2018.
NYC Ferry’s new USCG Subchapter K vessels are designed by Incat Crowther and powered by twin 12-cylinder, 1,400-horsepower Baudouin 12M26.3 diesel engines, coupled to ZF Marine ZF3050 gearboxes and turning custom five-blade Michigan Wheel propellers. These larger Rockaway-class vessels boast an operating speed of 24 knots.
These new orders represent a continuation of Metal Shark’s relationship with Hornblower and NYC Ferry. In July 2016, Metal Shark was selected to build six 85-foot, 150-passenger, Incat Crowther-designed aluminum catamaran ferries for the NYC Ferry system. Between April and June of this year, Metal Shark delivered all six vessels on time, with an average per-unit build time of 10 months.