Port Aransas Ferries Begin Service

(Press Release)
Friday, July 15, 2011
(Image courtesy of Southwest Shipyard)

The first two of a new class of vessels designed by Seattle-based Elliott Bay Design Group LLC (EBDG) and built for the Port Aransas Ferry Service went into operation on July 1.  EBDG was selected by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), Corpus Christi District, to prepare the design for this new 160-ft, double-ended ferry serving as a continuation of Texas State Highway 361 across the Corpus Christi Channel, between Port Aransas and Harbor Island.
The new vessels, the Michael W. Behrens and the Charles W. Heald, are named for former directors of the transportation department.  They increase the Port Aransas fleet to eight vessels, and each new vessel has a carrying capacity of 28 vehicles, eight more than the port’s older ferries.
One of the most significant structural improvements of these vessels is the pilothouse support. “The old vessels have a pilothouse on a pylon that comes up from the center of the vehicle deck,” said Brian King, Vice President of Engineering at EBDG.  “This ferry has the pilothouse over a bridging structure supported on each edge of the ferry, leaving the vehicle lanes clear of obstructions.  This is most significant for trucks that load on the center line of the vessel.”  The ability of large trucks to roll on and roll off without maneuvering around a pilothouse support significantly reduces loading and unloading times.
In addition to providing a smoother and quieter ride, the new ferries include passenger shelters and accessibility to passengers with disabilities.  The vessels are ABS classed and U.S. Coast Guard inspected.

Length overall (molded) 159’ 7”
Length on design load waterline 153’ 6”
Length between perpendiculars 145’ 0”
Breadth (molded) over guard 52’ 0”
Breadth (molded) at DLWL 42’ 4”
Depth (molded) amidships at side 11’ 8”
Draft (molded) at DLWL 8’ 0”
Displacement (molded) at DLWL 512.7 LTSW
Maximum DWT Capacity 234 LT
US Gross Tonnage 79 GT
Brake Horsepower (@2100 Engine RPM) 600 BHP
Generators (2) continuous duty service @ 1800 rpm 55 KW @ 0.8 pf, 60 HZ
Fuel Oil Capacity (95%) 4,200 Gallons
Automobile Capacity 28
Passenger Capacity 150

Maritime Today

The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter November 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds


BIMCO Signs New LNG And Shipbuilding Supervision Contracts

The twice yearly meeting of BIMCO’s Documentary Committee took place in Hamburg on 19 November. In his first meeting as Chairperson of the Committee, Belgium’s

Damen Marine Components Opens Jiangyin Plant

Damen Marine Components (DMC) is proud to announce the opening of its brand new facility in Jiangyin, China.Those present at the opening ceremony included CEO

Henriksen Unveils Strongest SOLAS Boat Lifting Hook

H Henriksen of Norway has received SOLAS certification for a new off-load single-point boat lifting hook capable of holding up to 22.5-tonnes. The quick release

Passenger Vessels

Extended Warranty from Yanmar for Sailboat Engines

Yanmar Marine International B.V. has introduced an extended 3 years’ period of YANMAR Limited Warranty for Sailboat Engine Models. This extended warranty of

Norwegian Escape with Biggest Scrubbers sets Sail

On a sunny October day in the German harbor-town of Hamburg, M/V Norwegian Escape, a brand new cruise ship, sets sail for the first time. On board are five Yara SOx scrubbers – one for each engine.

First Cruise Ships Dock at Abu Dhabi’s New Stopover

Abu Dhabi Ports─the master developer, operator and manager of ports and industrial zones in the Emirate―has started welcoming cruise liners at Sir Bani Yas Island,

Naval Architecture

Henriksen Unveils Strongest SOLAS Boat Lifting Hook

H Henriksen of Norway has received SOLAS certification for a new off-load single-point boat lifting hook capable of holding up to 22.5-tonnes. The quick release

Escort Tug Launched for Bay-Houston Towing

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. announced the launch of the Escort Tug H. DOUGLAS M (Hull 236) for Bay-Houston Towing Company on November 17, 2015. This series of Robert Allan, LTD.

Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar JV is 5

On 23 November 2015, Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar celebrated its first 5 years of operation. With 40 vessels delivered or under construction, the yard has proven

Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Maritime Standards Pod Propulsion Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0772 sec (13 req/sec)