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Sharp Designs New Staten Island Ferries for New York City

Staten Island Ferry


George G. Sharp, Inc. has designed three new Staten Island Ferries for New York City's Department of Transportation (NYCDOT). The first ferry, named the Guy V. Molinari, was launched in Marinette, Wisconsin in 2003. All three ferries, the Guy V. Molinari, the Sen. John J. Marchi and the Spirit of America are now in service.

Each ferry carries about 4,400 passengers and are capable of carrying 30 vehicles. Propulsion is provided by two (2) of the three (3) turbo-charged propulsion diesel generators installed, driving four (4) AC propulsion motors, two (2) at each end, driving a fixed-pitch propeller via a line of shafting. The double-ended ferries are 310 ft long and cost about $40 Million each.

The Staten Island Ferry has been a municipal service since 1905 and currently carries over 19 million passengers annually on a 5.2-mile run between the St. George Terminal in Staten Island and the Whitehall Terminal in lower Manhattan. Service is provided 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.



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Principal Characteristics
Length    310 Feet
Beam 70 Feet
Draft (full load) 13.5 Feet
Displacement (full load) 3,200 Tons
Service Speed 18.2 mph
Passengers 4,400
Vehicles 30
 
Equipment
Main Diesel Generators    GM EMD ME 16G7B
(2 in service) 2865 kW each
Main Propulsion Motors (4) 2500 HP each
Propellers (2) Fixed Pitch
Service Generators (2) Caterpillar 3408C
370 kW each
New Staten Island Ferry
 
 

 
Staten Island Ferry
Launching Ceremony
September 20, 2003
Marinette, Wisconsin
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Hilary Rolih, NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg, NYCDOT Commissioner Iris Weinshall, Allen Chin
Left to Right: Sharp Chairman Hilary Rolih, NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg,
NYCDOT Commissioner Iris Weinshall, and Sharp President Allen Chin
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