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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Staten Island News

Staten Island Ferry Selects PVA Green WATERS

The Staten Island Ferry, Staten Island, NY, has selected the Passenger Vessel Association’s (PVA) Green WATERS Program—a comprehensive program designed specifically for passenger vessel operators to promote and enhance environmentally responsible practices—as its environmental stewardship program. “The Staten Island Ferry is the nation’s largest passenger-only ferry system today and in keeping with Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s PlaNYC agenda, we are committed to a cleaner, more efficient ferry fleet as part of a more sustainable future for New York City,” said Staten Island Ferry Chief Operating Officer James C. DeSimone. PlaNYC  is a large-scale effort undertaken by Mayor Bloomberg to prepare New York City for one million more residents…

Eastern Shipbuilding Gets NTP with NYCDOT

Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group

Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) has received Notice to Proceed (NPT) from The City of New York Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) for the detail design and construction of three new Staten Island-Ollis Class Ferries for the Staten Island Ferry Division. Eastern is extremely honored to be the winning shipyard that will construct and deliver three new Staten Island Ollis Class Ferries to NYCDOT and the Staten Island Ferry Division. The three Ollis Class double-ended 4500 passenger ferries…

Project Aimed to Reduce Emissions

The Port Authority Board of Commissioners has approved a measure to undertake a demonstration project with the New York City Department of Transportation to retrofit a Staten Island ferryboat with new exhaust emission reduction devices. If the project is successful, a new agreement between the two agencies could be developed to retrofit the remaining six vessels in the Staten Island Ferry fleet. The demonstration project grew out of discussions with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and environmental agencies in New Jersey, New York and New York City on air impacts associated with the upcoming project to deepen channels in New York harbor to 50 feet.

Staten Island Ferry LNG Conversion Planned

Austin-class ferry John A.Noble: Photo credit SIF

Plans are in hand to convert one of the two diesel oil-fuelled 'Austen-class' ferries to use Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). A pilot program conducted on one Staten Island Ferry, if successful, could save the city nearly half the boat's fueling cost annually, reports the 'Staten Island Advance'. An unspecified Austen Class ferry will be converted from using ultra-low-sulfur diesel to liquefied natural gas (LNG) during a routine dry docking in 2013. The Staten Island Ferry received a $2,340,000 federal grant, and the city kicked in additional money to reach $3 million for the conversion.

Vessels: The Manitowoc Company Launches Second Staten Island Ferry

Marinette Marine Corporation, a subsidiary of The Manitowoc Company, Inc. launched the ferry Sen. John J. Marchi for New York City's Department of Transportation on Saturday, May 8. This 310-ft. ferry is the second of three Staten Island Ferries to be built as part of a $120-million contract that was awarded to Manitowoc in 2001. The launch ceremony featured Michael R. Bloomberg, mayor of New York, as the keynote speaker, with Mrs. Maria Luisa Marchi, Senator Marchi's wife and the ship's sponsor, performing the traditional christening ceremony. "This series of cutting-edge ferries demonstrates the strengths of our Marinette shipyard.

Oil Spill off Staten Island

As many as 30,786 gallons of heavy fuel oil spilled into the Arthur Kill on Monday during a transfer from a barge to the Chevron plant here, Newsday reported. The spill stretched from the Chevron facility to Smoking Point in Staten Island, and the U.S. Coast Guard and spill response companies had set up boom boats to contain it. The worst case scenario was that 733 42-gallon barrels of oil, equaling 30,786 gallons, got into the waterway. The New York City of Department of Environmental Protection said that a hazardous materials team the agency sent to monitor the Staten Island shoreline had reported that a small amount of oil came aground near the Outerbridge Crossing. The cause of the spill was being investigated by the Coast Guard.

Staten Island Ferry Completes Maiden Voyage

The Spirit of America, the third and last in the new Molinari class of Staten Island ferryboats, had its maiden voyage on April 5 with a low-key trip across New York Harbor. Ferry managers and a handful of elected leaders took the inaugural trip, a 10 a.m. run from St. George that commenced without the ceremony, speeches and hoopla that welcomed the Spirit's sister vessels, Guy V. Molinari and Sen. John J. Marchi. Staten Island Advance readers voted to name the boat Sprit of America in 2004, after its original name, September 11, was deemed inappropriate by many people. The Spirit can carry as many as 4,400 passengers on its four passenger decks. The Molinari entered the fleet in January 2005 and the Marchi followed in May. The Spirit has mostly sat idle at St.

Coast Guard Tows Distressed Vessel

The Coast Guard responded and rescued the crew of a distressed sail boat off the coast of North Carolina. The Coast Guard Cutter Staten Island, a 110-ft. patrol boat home ported in Fort Macon, N.C., rescued four people from the 45-foot sailboat Sur L' Eau this morning approximately 300 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras, N.C. The Coast Guard received notification from the crew of the sail vessel after they lost power and the ability to steer. The Staten Island arrived on scene at about 6:42 a.m. and removed the passengers for their safety. The sail boat will be towed ashore by the Staten Island crew. The Sur L' Eau is home ported in Lewes, Del.

DOT Announces Ferry Safety Improvements

New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Iris Weinshall outlined several interim initiatives designed to enhance safety at the Staten Island Ferry. "At the Department of Transportation, we extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those who perished during last week's Staten Island Ferry tragedy," the Commissioner said. "We are continuing to cooperate with the National Transportation Safety Board's investigation. While many questions remain unanswered, we must act now to improve safety. The riders of the Staten Island Ferry deserve no less." Commissioner Weinshall outlined initiatives that were developed in consultation with the United States Coast Guard.

NTSB Investigates Ferry Accident

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a Press Release stating that it has commenced its investigation into the circumstances surrounding the allision of the Staten Island ferry with the dock at Staten Island, New York.

NTSB Meeting

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a Notice stating that it will meet in Washington, DC on March 8 to consider the Marine Accident Report regarding the allision of the Staten Island ferry ANDREW J. BARBERI at St. George, Staten Island on October 15, 2003. 70 Fed. Reg. 9983 (HK Law).

The Manitowoc Company Launches Staten Island Ferry

Marinette Marine Corporation, a subsidiary of The Manitowoc Company, Inc., launched the ferry Guy V. Molinari, for New York City's Department of Transportation, on September 20. This 310-ft. ferry is one of three to be built as part of a $120-million contract that was awarded to Manitowoc in 2001. The launch ceremony featured Michael R. Bloomberg, mayor of New York, and Guy V. Molinari as the keynote speakers, with the Honorable Susan Molinari, former U.S. Congresswoman from New York and daughter of the ship's namesake, as the sponsor, who performed the traditional christening ceremony. "Throughout our 60-year history, Marinette Marine has constructed more than 1,300 ships for government and commercial customers, including buoy tenders for the U.S.

News: First Staten Island Ferry

Marinette Marine Corporation last month launched the ferry Guy V. Molinari, for New York City's Department of Transportation. This 310-ft. ferry is one of three to be built as part of a $120-million contract that was awarded to Manitowoc in 2001. The launch ceremony featured Michael R. Bloomberg, mayor of New York, and Guy V. Molinari as the keynote speakers, with the Honorable Susan Molinari, former U.S. Congresswoman from New York and daughter of the ship's namesake, as the sponsor, who performed the traditional christening ceremony. "Throughout our 60-year history, Marinette Marine has constructed more than 1,300 ships for government and commercial customers, including buoy tenders for the U.S. Coast Guard and landing crafts, barracks barges, workboats, and tugs for the U.S.

Staten Island Ferry Safety Statistics Released

Guy V. Molinari (Photo: Staten Island Ferry)

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) sets the standards passenger vessels, such as the Staten Island Ferry, must meet and then inspects the vessels regularly to ensure that they are in compliance. For large passenger vessels, the Coast Guard conducts four safety inspections each year. These inspections, at a minimum, include examination of the vessel structure, lifesaving equipment, machinery installation, navigation equipment, personnel, and vessel security. The Coast Guard also requires the vessels to be dry docked and internally inspected twice in a five year period.

Investigation Begins on Fatal Ferry Crash

Investigation begins on yesterday's ferry accident that has seriously injured several passengers and killed 10. A Staten Island Ferry crashed as it was docking Wednesday afternoon, severely injuring several passengers and killing at least 10. As New York City rush hour began to peak, the incident occurred at about 3:20 p.m., as the vessel was en route to dock at the St. George Terminal on the Staten Island end of its Manhattan commuter route. According to reports, the front end of the ferry suffered damage to the right side of the hull.

Examining Hull Pressure on the Staten Island Ferries

MARIN’s Depressurized Wave Basin was the site for a test of the best propulsor configuration for the Staten Island ferries.

For the first time an investigation into Voith Schneider Propulsor-induced hull-pressure fluctuations has been carried out. This investigation was part of a New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) study to retrofit the Molinari Class Ferries, which operate to the world-renowned Staten Island, with Voith Schneider Propulsion (VSP). One of the objectives was to investigate the modification in terms of energy efficiency. The Staten Island Ferry carries more than 21 million passengers annually between Staten Island and Lower Manhattan. The three sister ships, Guy V. Molinari, Sen.

Last of Three Built for NYC's DOT

Marinette Marine Corporation, a subsidiary of The Manitowoc Company, Inc. launched the ferry Spirit of America for New York City's Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) on December 18. This 310- ft. ferry is the third of three Staten Island Ferries to be built as part of a $120-million contract that was awarded to Manitowoc in 2001. The ships are the largest ever launched at the Marinette Marine facility. The launch featured Margaret Gordon, Executive Director of Safety and Security for the Staten Island Ferries, performing the traditional christening ceremony. "The Spirit of America will be the 27th ferry to serve the Staten Island to New York route since municipal service began in 1905.

NTSB to Release Factual Report on Ferry Accident

As part of its continuing investigation into an accident involving a Staten Island ferry in New York City, the National Transportation Safety Board will open a public docket and release a series of factual reports on Tuesday, January 18, 2005, at 10:00 am. The ferry Andrew J. Barberi was on a scheduled run, on October 15, 2003, from lower Manhattan (Whitehall Terminal) when it struck a pier at St. George Terminal, Staten Island. Ten passengers were killed and over 30 were injured. The 310-foot ferry was substantially damaged. The information being released is factual in nature and does not provide any analysis. It will include investigative group factual reports, photos, interview transcripts, and other documents from the investigation.

NTSB Releases SI Ferry Report

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released its report on the allision of the Staten Island ferry ANDREW J. BARBERI with the pier at St. George, Staten Island, New York on October 15, 2003. Eleven passengers died in the incident and 70 were injured. The primary causes of the casualty were the incapacitation of the assistant captain and the failure of the NYC Department of Transportation to implement and oversee safe, effective operating procedures on the ferries. A contributing cause was the failure of the captain to exercise his command responsibility. The NTSB recommends: that the NYC Department of Transportation implement a comprehensive safety management system and make related improvements…

Reinauer Says it Has Acquired Senesco Marine

According to Providence Business News, Senesco Marine has been acquired by Reinauer Transportation Companies LLC. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. SENESCO has a fully paved 25-acre new-construction facility, with more than 215,000 feet of covered floor space, and a 6-acre repair facility with a 1,200-foot-long pier in 35 feet of water. Its 3,500-ton floating dry dock is capable of serving vessels up to 350 feet in length and up to 74 feet in the beam. Reinauer Transportation, based in Staten Island, N.Y., and East Boston, began 80 years ago with a single small converted fishing vessel transporting petroleum in New Jersey waters, and has grown to a fleet of more than 75 vessels. The company also owns the Staten Island-based Reicon Group LLC.

Coat Guard Responds to Oil Spill

The Coast Guard is responding to an oil spill at the Chevron Perth Amboy facility, in Perth Amboy, N.J., that was reported yesterday, February 13. The spill occurred during a transfer of approximately 1.5 million gallons of number six heavy fuel oil from a barge to the facility. It is unknown how much of the product entered the water. A New York Police Department over-flight confirmed the spill stretching from the Chevron facility to Smoking Point, Staten Island, in the Arthur Kill. Chevron Perth Amboy has assumed responsibility for the spill and has contracted Clean Harbors and Atlantic Response to help with the cleanup. The Coast Guard has setup a safety zone from the Outer Bridge Crossing to Fresh Kills, Staten Island, to contain the spread of the spill.

Court Orders Ferry Captain to Appear Before NTSB

Photo Credit: USCG Photo/Mike Hvozda The outside lower level of the Staten Island Ferry Andrew J. Barberi after it struck a pier killing ten people October 15, 2003. The Captain of the Ferry was ordered to appear before the NTSB. Gansas, the master of the M/V Andrew J. tomorrow for an NTSB interview. NTSB Chairman Ellen G. Engleman. pursuing safety and using every tool at our disposal. investigation. the Staten Island ferry, Andrew J. 70 others.

Report: Ferries Remain Vulnerable to Attacks

The Advance reported that while terrorist attacks on Staten Island's bridges would be difficult, experts say, the Staten Island Ferry remains a high-profile, vulnerable target. Harvey Kushner, a Long Island University professor of criminal justice and a federal government counterterrorism adviser, said the payoff for terrorists would be the sea disaster spectacle value. Officials said city ferries remain vulnerable despite the post-9/11 ban on trucks and cars. Instead of using car or truck bombs to attack the ferries, terrorists simply could send suicide bombers aboard the boats posing as passengers, it was explained. Police and Coast Guard officials have beefed up security on the ferries since 9/11. The NYPD assigned additional officers to patrol the boats and the ferry terminals.

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