First of 20 New Ferries Has Set out for New York City

Big New Step for Citywide Ferry Service and Roosevelt Island

David Stone
Artist's Rendering of the Roosevelt Island Ferry Landing
Artist's Rendering of the Roosevelt Island Ferry Landing
Photo courtesy of the NYC Economic Development Corporation

Earlier today, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that "the first of twenty new boats built for the soon-to-be-launched Citywide Ferry Service has departed Horizon Shipyard in Bayou La Batre, Alabama and is on its way to New York City."

As reported here earlier this month, ferry service to Roosevelt Island is "ready to roll."

According to Roosevelt Island Operating Corp. legal counsel Jaci Flug, a memorandum of understanding has been signed which allows construction of a new landing, just north of the old Goldwater Hospital power plant.

“The first of 20 Citywide Ferry vessels is homeward bound for New York City – the newest way for New Yorkers and visitors to 'work, live, play' throughout the boroughs when we launch this summer,” said Cameron Clark, Senior Vice President and Project Manager for Citywide Ferry by Hornblower, operator of the system.

From start to first splash (when a new boat hits water), the announcement explained, each Citywide Ferry vessel takes roughly eight months to complete. The vessel then undergoes a sea trial to ensure it is fit for service and for its maiden voyage up the East Coast.

Each sea trial, which lasts about a week, includes a series of tests conducted by the shipyard, the vessel’s owner and the U.S. Coast Guard. A professional team of engineers, captains and other technical crew members thoroughly vet the vessel’s equipment, speed, safety and overall performance. Once the vessel is certified by the U.S. Coast Guard, the vessel can sail up to New York City.

“The brand new boats are hitting the water. Construction on our docks is in full swing. And we’re hiring the crews that will carry New Yorkers across the city. This is an exciting time as we prepare to launch a whole new public transit service for our people,” Mayor de Blasio said.

Mayor de Blasio recently announced hiring for the first of 200 new jobs to be created by Citywide Ferry Service.

Take a closer look at the Roosevelt Island Ferry in this October, 2016, article.

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