Metal Shark has been awarded a contract to build a new ferry vehicle for Fire Island Ferries, a vessel designed by Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG).
Construction of the new Fire Island Maid recently began at Metal Shark’s Bayou La Batre Shipyard in Alabama, and the 70 x 23 foot vessel features a steel hull and aluminum superstructure. With its hydraulically operated front ramp and reinforced decks designed to support fully loaded concrete trucks and general cargo, the new ferry will provide transportation between Bay Shore, New York and various ports along the Great South Bay of Fire Island. .
The new ferry will be powered by two Cummins QSL9 Tier 3 marine engines with ZF Marine CruiseCommand control system and transmissions. Electrical power shall be provided by a Cummins Onan MDK generator.
“This is the second vehicle ferry built by Metal Shark for the Fire Island communities, following the 70ft. vessel built at our Franklin, Louisiana shipyard for Beachcomber Freight (Sayville Ferry) in 2018,” said Carl Wegener, Vice President of Commercial Sales, Metal Shark.
John Waterhouse, Elliott Bay Design Group PE – Principal in Charge, added: “Elliott Bay Design Group is pleased to have been selected to design this workboat. The folks at Fire Island have been great to work with and we can’t wait to see Metal Shark perform the magic.