The National Park Service (NPS) announced today that Statue Cruises LLC will continue to provide ferry and related services to the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island.

Under a new three-year temporary concession contract, Statue Cruises will run ferry service operations for locals and tourists that visit the iconic New York City institutions.

“We are thrilled to have been chosen by the National Park Service to continue as concessioner of ferry operations to the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island,” said Kevin Rabbitt, chief executive officer, Hornblower Group. “Since we were selected as the official concessioner in 2008, it’s been our mission to provide unparalleled visitor services and create an amazing experience for local, national and international guests.”

Statue Cruises, a subsidiary of Hornblower Group, has operated the ferry service for the NPS since 2008. As the authorized ferry concessioner, Statue Cruises provides transportation to Liberty and Ellis Islands from The Battery in New York and Liberty State Park in New Jersey. Under a separate 15-year NPS contract, Hornblower subsidiary Alcatraz Cruises currently provides ferry and related services at Alcatraz Island in San Francisco.

Hornblower Group companies include Hornblower Cruises & Events, American Queen Steamboat Co. and Victory Cruises Lines, and NYC Ferry. Hornblower also operates Hornblower Niagara Cruises for the Niagara Parks Commission.