Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) and Fire Island Ferries recently announced the delivery of the 70'x23' ferry Fire Island Maid. The ferry was designed by Seattle-based EBDG and built by Metal Shark at its Bayou La Batre, Ala., shipyard.
The multipurpose vehicle ferry features a steel hull and aluminum superstructure and is equipped with a hydraulic ramp for loading and unloading heavy equipment. The reinforced deck is capable of supporting fully loaded concrete trucks and general cargo up to 100,000 lbs.
The aft pilothouse accommodates two crew and up to six passengers (assumed to be in their vehicles).
The ferry is powered by twin Cummins QSL9 Tier 3 marine engines with ZF Marine CruiseCommand control system and Twin Disc transmissions.
Ship’s service power is provided by a Cummins Onan MDK generator.
The vessel's lightship weight is 160,000 lbs. so it can be hauled with the client's existing lift.
Fire Island Ferries provides passenger and freight shipping services from Long Island's Bay Shore, N.Y., to several communities along the Great South Bay of Fire Island. Fire Island Ferries has been providing service to Fire Island since 1948.
"We are excited to add Fire Island Maid to our fleet of vessels. EBDG listened and provided a more efficient structure and arrangement. I know this new ferry will make a difference for our passengers and shipping customers," said Dave Anderson, general manager of Fire Island Ferries.