SSG Michael H. Ollis: First of three new Staten Island ferries
Built by Eastern Shipbuilding Group, the 320 feet long by 70 feet beam SSG Michael H. Ollis is the lead ship in a new series of 4,500 passenger ferries built for the Staten Island Ferry Division of the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT).
Externally, the new ships are classic double enders powered by Voith Schneider with the iconic appearance that has made Staten Island ferries a floating landmark of New York City. However, 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 ferries and new customer service amenities such as more comfortable seats and phone charging sockets and an oval upper deck promenade that will serve as a ‘runway for the first time. outdoor walk ‘for ferry passengers. .
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 rescues.
Built to an Elliott Bay Design Group design, the ferry’s main propulsive power is provided by two pairs of Electro-Motive Diesel 12-710 @ 900 rpm EPA Tier 4 marine propulsion engines, each pair driving an RV6 ECS / 285-2 Voith Schneider Propeller via a Reintjes DUP 3000 P combination gear. Power generation is provided by three EPA Tier 3 continuous duty marine diesel generator sets, each comprising a Caterpillar C18 driving a three-phase generator of 480 V, 60 Hz rated at 425 kW at 0.8 PF at 1800 rpm.
Sea change: America’s first zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell ferry
Externally, there isn’t much to distinguish from the 72-foot, 7-inch-long by 24-foot, 6-inch-wide, 78 passenger Sea change any other catamaran designed by Incat Crowther of a similar size. Under the skin, it’s a different story.
Recently completed by All American Marine Inc., Bellingham, Wash., The vessel shows a path to commercializing zero-emission marine hydrogen fuel cell technologies.
The project is financed by private capital from the shipowner SWITCH Maritime, an impact investment platform that is building the first fleet of exclusively maritime zero-carbon vessels to accelerate the decarbonisation and energy transition of the American maritime sector. SWITCH acquired the vessel, then appointed Water-Round, from the initiator of the Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine project, now named Zero Emissions Industries (ZEI), in June 2019.
As discussed in more detail in this month’s Tech News section, the ship’s fuel cells use hydrogen gas rather than liquid. Its ZEI H2FCV1.0 power system includes: 12 rack-mounted Cummins 30 kW HD30 low temperature PEM fuel cells, two 300 kW HybriGen BAE Systems electric drive systems and a 100 kWh Xalt lithium-ion battery. It carries 242 kg of hydrogen gas at 250 bar in eight 224-inch Hexagon Composites Type 4 tanks and two 95-inch Type 4 tanks from the same manufacturer.
The vessel has completed operational tests and will enter service in the San Francisco Bay Area once all necessary Coast Guard approvals have been obtained.
Mardi Gras: First LNG-fueled cruise ship in the US market
July 31, 2021 marked a double first for Carnival Cruise Line’s new flagship, Mardi Gras. The 180,000 gt, 1,130 foot ship became the first cruise ship to sail with passengers from Port Canaveral since the hiatus from cruise operations 16 months earlier. The 5,282-passenger cruise ship also became the first to operate a commercial cruise from an LNG-fueled US port.
Delivered by Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland in December 2020, the vessel has four main engines Caterpillar MaK 16 M 46 DF, which were delivered to the shipyard as a floating engine room unit built by sister shipyard Meyer Neptun Werft in Rostock, Germany.
Mardi Gras has a capacity of 3,600 cubic meters of LNG, sufficient for 14 days of cruising with passengers. LNG not only powers the ship’s four MaK main engines, it is also used for all onboard systems, from elevators, lighting and computers to kitchen equipment and, of course, Bolt, the first mountains. Russians at sea, a feature likely to attract Carnival’s customers, such as its respect for the environment.
The ship has a striking new external color scheme that Carnival Cruise Line is now rolling out fleet-wide and includes six distinct themed areas with a variety of food, drink and entertainment options.
American melody: The last modern riverboat joins the American Cruise Lines fleet
Delivered in August by Chesapeake Shipbuilding, Salisbury, Maryland, American melody is the fourth in a series of modern and revolutionary riverboats, with which American Cruise Lines, headquartered in Guilford, Connecticut, is giving American river cruising a new face.
Measuring 269 by 56 feet, American Melody brings its 175 passengers a whole new aesthetic, with an updated interior design that represents the latest evolution in the modern riverboat series. Specially designed to navigate the Mississippi River, the ship features a beautiful sky-lit multi-level atrium, spacious indoor and outdoor lounges, large dining area as well as a relaxed outdoor cafe, large fitness center and a spectacular upper deck gangway that features a considerably cantilevered elliptical cutout on the ship’s fourth deck.
American melody Also offers huge cabins, singles and suites ranging from 250 to 650 square feet. All of the spacious cabins have full-size bathrooms, spacious closets and private balconies where guests can enjoy the daily in-room breakfast service.
The success of the modern riverboat series has led American Cruise Lines to bring some of the lessons learned to its traditional paddlewheel fleet, all of which now bear the distinctive “American” mark in their names. Interiors will be remodeled with designs from Studio DADO, the Miami-based design firm was commissioned to make the interiors of American’s newest modern riverboats in a project slated for on-time completion. for American’s 2022 cruise season, which runs from March through December.