Gladding-Hearn Delivers Fast Ferry for Lake Erie

Wednesday, November 20, 2002
Gladding-Hearn has again added to its reputation as one of the preeminent builders of fast craft in the U.S. with the delivery of Jet Express III, a new 88-ft. (26.6-m) high speed passenger ferry for Put-In-Bay Boat Line and Put-In-Bay Township Port Authority of South Bass Island, Ohio. The catamaran, built to the Incat design, will transport up to 149 passengers between Port Clinton and South Bass Island on Lake Erie. The owner currently operates two 98-ft. high speed ferries, which have carried more than 150,000 passengers each summer from the mainland for more than a decade. The new Jet Express III features composite hulls and an aluminum superstructure. Gladding-Hearn built and equipped the superstructure, while TPI Composites of Warren, R.I. fabricated the hulls from vinyl ester resins and E-glass over a balsa core, using the SCRIMP vacuum-bagging process. "The design of this boat is simple in order to keep the price, operating costs and maintenance to a minimum," said Peter Duclos, the shipyard's president. "We selected a composite hull laminate schedule that provided the best combination of cost, low weight, high impact resistance and ease of repair. The vessel has a 28-ft. (8.6-m) beam and draws four ft. (1.3 m). It carriers 1,400 gallons of fuel, is driven by KaMeWa FF-550 waterjets and is powered by twin diesel engines that deliver 1,100 bhp at 2,300 rpm, through ZF 1900 gear boxes. The waterjets have built-in interceptor-type trim tabs to optimize performance under a variety of conditions. The vessel's top speed, fully loaded with passengers and baggage, is 30 knots.

Builder Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding Owner Put-In-Bay Boat Line & Put-In-Bay Township Port Authority Name Jet Express III Hull type Catamaran Hull construction Composites Hull builder TPI Composites Superstructure Aluminum Superstructure builder Gladding-Hearn Architect Incat Designs Length 88 ft. (26.6 m) Beam 28 ft. (8.6 m) Draft 4 ft. (1.3 m) Keel laid January 2002 Launched July 2002 Delivered August 2002 Passengers 149 Crew 3 Coast Guard Certification Subchapter T Propulsion (2) Caterpillar Power 1,100 bhp @ 2,300 rpm Gears ZF 1900 Waterjets (2) KaMeWa FF550 Engine controls KaMeWa Radar Furuno 1943 GKW VHF (2) ICOM IC-125M GPS Northstar 957 Depth sounder Furuno LS-600 Compass Ritchie Loud hailer Raytheon 430 Sewage system Sealand Fuel 1,400 gal. Sewage hold 130 gal.

Maritime Reporter September 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Tanker Trends

Weak Oil Threatens US Export of LNG

Plunging global oil prices may turn hopes for cheap liquefied natural gas supplies from the United States into a costly disappointment for Asian buyers who have

Singapore’s MPA Discuss LNG Bunkering

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Antwerp Port Authority, Port of Rotterdam and Port of Zeebrugge participated in a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

New Standard for LNG Cargo Containment Systems

Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions (WTS) said it has successfully completing the gas trial for the first LNG carrier built to a Boil Off Rate (BOR) of 0.08% per day.

Passenger Vessels

Catamaran Passenger Ferries Delivered in Angola

Incat Crowther announced the delivery a pair of 30m catamaran passenger ferries, Macôco and Panguila, to Instituto Marítimo e Portuário de Angola. The vessels, built by Astilleros Armon in Spain,

Cruise Ship Returns to Texas after Ebola Concern

The Carnival Magic cruise ship was en route back to the United States on Saturday with a passenger from Texas who might have handled specimens of the first Ebola

Obama Appoints Ebola 'Czar'; Texas Health Worker Isolated on Ship

President Barack Obama appointed a former White House adviser as U.S. Ebola "czar" on Friday as the global death toll from the disease that has hit mostly three

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Maritime Standards Pipelines Port Authority Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | 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: 0.1121 sec (9 req/sec)