Miller Boat Line took delivery recently of a new 140'x35'6" passenger/vehicle ferry from Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding.
The 600-passenger Mary Ann Market left Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., on July 8 and arrived at Miller Boat's Put-in-Bay, Ohio, dock on July 10. The ferry was designed by Seacraft Design LLC, Sturgeon Bay.
The drive on/drive off passenger/vehicle ferry has a 7' draft. The fifth and largest vessel in the Miller Ferry fleet, the vessel has a capacity of 600 passengers and approximately 28 vehicles. The Mary Ann Market is powered by three 803-hp Caterpillar Tier 3 C18 engines.
The ferry features ADA-guided designs of main deck cabin, restroom, and layout, additional deck seating outdoors and an enclosed cabin, panoramic views from spacious upper deck, broad stairwells, audio/visual messaging, quiet ride, and easily sanitized surfaces.
The Mary Ann Market also has temperature-controlled interiors and an upper deck enclosed cabin. Upper deck forward facing and side cabin windows to allow wide vistas.
The 140' passenger/vehicle ferry will run the 20-minute trip between Put-in-Bay (South Bass Island) and mainland Catawba, Ohio.