Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (ESG) announced that it has completed the first of three new Staten Island âOllis Classâ ferries for the Staten Island Ferry Division of the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT). MV SSG Michael H. Ollis, Hull 219, left the ESG facility in Port St. Joe, Florida, fully certified and passenger ready.
Col. de Dann Ocean Towing tows the ferry for a 12-day trip to New York. On arrival, the ferry will be staged at Caddell Dry Dock for cleaning and another round of testing and training. It is expected to start carrying passengers in the fall.
Staten Island’s new Ollis-class ferry series are named after a fallen soldier of the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, ‘Climb to Glory’, Army Staff Sgt. Michael H. Ollis. Ollis, a native of Staten Island, was killed protecting his comrades from a suicide bomber in Afghanistan on August 28, 2013 while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom. Hull 219, the first in the series, is named in his honor.
âWe are proud to deliver the Staten Island Ferry MV SSG Michael H. Ollis to New York City fully certified and passenger ready. It is the first vessel in the modernized fleet and benefits from the most advanced technology and environmental engineering in the maritime industry. It has been an honor for Eastern to build this class named after one of our fallen heroes and deliver state-of-the-art ships for the world’s busiest ferry route. This iconic ship carries millions of tourists and residents every year. This is a vital marine infrastructure project that was proudly built by hard-working American ship designers and builders, âsaid Joey D’Isernia, President of Eastern Shipbuilding Group.
ESG provides regulatory and detailed production engineering, shipbuilding and delivery of the three new Staten Island Ollis Class ferries. The ferries were built in the ESG yard in Allanton. ESG’s most recent facility in Port St. Joe performed the equipment, testing and testing tasks.
The new ferries are larger, reflect modern technology and will operate more safely in extreme weather conditions. They feature popular design cues from older Staten Island Ferry ships and new customer service amenities such as more comfortable seats and phone charging sockets and an oval upper deck promenade that will first serve as ” ‘outdoor walking track for the ferry. riders. They have the latest marine technologies in terms of energy efficiency and respect for the environment. There are design features on the ships that are part of the emergency response plan with the city. The lessons of 9/11 have been incorporated into this fleet and they can be connected to the New York Fire Ships, also built by Eastern Shipbuilding Group, to support evacuations and rescue.
The three double-ended, 4,500-passenger Ollis-class ferries are built from a design provided by Elliott Bay Design Group, with each ferry fitted with four ABS Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) marine propulsion engines L12ME23B @ 750 RPM EPA Tier 4 with two engines powering an ABS Reintjes DUP 3000 P combining a gear and a 36 RV6 ECS / 285-2 Voith Schneider ABS propeller at each end of the vessel. Power generation is provided by three marine diesel generator sets ABS, EPA Tier 3 continuous duty, Caterpillar C18 driving three-phase 480 V, 60 Hz generators rated at 425 kW at 0.8 PF at 1,800 rpm.