New Ferry Seastreak Commodore Delivered
Seastreak’s newest vessel, Seastreak Commodore, has been developed in response to significant passenger volume growth and brings the operator’s fleet of Incat Crowther-designed vessels to a total of eight.
The 45m-long, 600-passenger ferry built at the Gulf Craft shipyard in Louisiana is the highest capacity UCSG k-Class fast ferry ever built. Incat Crowther said it worked closely with Seastreak to develop the vessel’s layout and styling to allow 600 people to safely and comfortably undertake their daily commute. Seastreak Commodore is also used on the weekend run to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. It is believed that this route constitutes the longest high-speed ferry run in the U.S.
James Barker, President of Seastreak, said, “She was built both for New York commuter runs but also for the open ocean and performs exceptionally well in both applications. There are no other ferries in NYC which have the level of comfort, speed and size of the Seastreak Commodore.”
The vessel's boarding arrangement aligns with existing shore based infrastructure and includes large side gates forward and aft, as well as an adjustable bow ramp facilitating fast turnaround at many of the network’s wharves.
Seastreak Commodore is powered by four MTU 12V4000 M64 EPA Tier III main engines providing redundancy while operating efficiently at a modest rating. The vessel is propelled by Rolls-Royce KaMeWa 63S4 waterjets. During sea trials in the fully loaded condition, the vessel achieved more than 38 knots at 100 percent MCR.
The interior features a high-end commercial finish with large, comfortable seats, faux-hardwood pattern carpet and LED lighting.
Seastreak Commodore’s bridge navigation equipment, supplied by Furuno USA, includes two 32″ x-band high speed radars, FLIR night vision technology and a Furuno ECDIS chart plotting system.
Seastreak and its fleet of Incat Crowther-designed vessels have been plying New York’s waters for several decades, and the delivery of Seastreak Commodore comes at a time that New Yorkers rediscover modern ferries as a clean, efficient and comfortable mode of transport.
Length Overall: 45m
Length Waterline: 41.9m
Beam Overall: 12m
Draft (hull): 1.63m
Construction: Marine grade aluminum
Fuel Oil: 15,142 liters
Fresh Water: 1,893 liters
Sullage: 2,650 liters
Propulsion and Performance
Service Speed: 35 knots
Max Speed: 38 knots
Main Engines: 4 x MTU 12V4000 M64
Power: 4 x 1,398kW at 1,800rpm
Propulsion: 4 x KaMeWa 56S4 waterjets
Generators: 2 x John Deere 6068 SFM85
Class / Survey: USCG Subchapter K