2016-06-17 / Front Page

Ferry Finally Revealed

By Daniel Offner

Months of speculation came to a head on June 16, when the city finally released detailed renderings of the ferry.

According to officials, the plans for Citywide Ferry Service include 19 vessels— operated by Hornblower Cruises & Events—who will carry an estimated 4.6 million trips per year across six routes, docking at 21 different landings throughout New York City.

“The greatest city in the world deserves the greatest ferry system in the world,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in a press release. “That’s exactly what New Yorkers are getting with these modern, efficient boats that come with Wi-Fi, charging stations and plenty of space to move around comfortably. Most importantly, when we launch Citywide Ferry, next summer, we will be connecting New Yorkers in transit-starved neighborhoods with good jobs and opportunities all over the city.”

Based on the renderings, the new ferry boats will have a maximum capacity of 149 passengers along with additional space for bikes, strollers and wheelchairs.

However, critics such as local business owner Glenn DiResto, have said that this is far too small to be an effective service for Rockaway.

“150 [maximum capacity] is designing it to fail,” DiResto told The Wave back in February.

The ferries will primarily be built out of aluminum, because it is lightweight and increases fuel efficiency, and will use T3 engines to help reduce emissions and noise. Each ship in the fleet will be approximately 26 meters long and are designed to be ADA compliant while also limiting wake and maximizing fuel efficiency. In addition, the ferries will feature free Wi-Fi and heated decks, which will increase each vessel’s resiliency and durability, especially in the winter months.

“Hornblower is working with leading designers and maritime experts to deliver a 21st century ferry product to New York Harbor that will make working, living and playing along the waterfront that much easier,” said Cameron Clark, vice president and general manager of Hornblower. “The overall concept of these new vessels reflects our desire to deliver a system that builds on our strong record of environmental efficiency, sustainability and resiliency.”

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150 passengers only? Geez, I

150 passengers only? Geez, I hope this is an express ferry from Rockaway to Manhattan because there won't be room for any other stops.

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