(HOUSTON) — In 2017, The Shearer Group Inc. (TSGI) was awarded a five-year indefinite deliverable contract with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). TSGI was tasked to provide the detail design of a double-ended, diesel-electric ferry with energy storage capable of carrying 495 passengers and 70 cars, providing service from Galveston Island to Bolivar Peninsula. The 293-foot ferry is currently being built at Gulf Island Shipyard in Jennings, La. TSGI will provide construction oversight to TxDOT during the entire construction process.
The diesel-electric with energy storage system will be provided by Siemens utilizing its Bluedrive PlusC technology with 1.4 MWHr of energy storage to increase the safety and and reliability of the vessel. This system will deliver power to a pair of Voith Schneider cycloidal propellers via electric motors.