Steiner Shipyard begins delivery of new 149-passenger ferry to Maine on Thursday

May 27, 2024

New passenger/car ferry for Maine. Photo by Steiner Shipyard

Steiner ShipyardBayou La Batre, Alabama, is expected to set sail from Bayou La Batre on Thursday to deliver the new 104'x28'x11' steel-hulled passenger/car ferry Charles Norman Shay to the Maine Department of Transportation in Portland.

“We'“We worked with the Coast Guard to sort out some last-minute details,” said Gregory Marshal Jr., Steiner's project manager/purchasing assistant. “The vessel's plans were changed from a Thursday, May 23 departure to a Thursday, May 30 departure while we awaited the stability letter. We are currently awaiting permission from the Coast Guard to pick up a Department of Transportation employee somewhere in Maine.”

Designed by Gilbert AssociatesBraintree, Mass., With a 7-foot draft, the new 149-passenger ferry will operate between Rockland, Maine, and Matinicus Island. In addition to passengers, the boat can accommodate a tractor-trailer and four small, light trucks, or eight cars or light trucks and no tractor-trailer.

The main drive is provided by two Caterpillar C18 diesel engines connected to sound 4-blade wheels with 52″ diameter through Double glazing MGX-516 close-coupled vertically offset gearbox with 4.04:1 reduction ratio. The drive package gives the Charles Norman Shay a running speed of 13 knots.

For additional maneuverability, the ferry is equipped with a Veth VT-50 64 kW tunnel bow thruster.

Twin Disc supplied the controls for the ec6000, EMI the steering system and Simrad the electronics unit. Two 99 kW generators from Caterpillar are responsible for the ship's power supply.

Capacities include 3,200 gallons of heating oil, 1,900 gallons of drinking water and 300 gallons of lubricating oil.

The Coast Guard classification is Subchapter T.

Anna Harden

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