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Friday, April 17, 2020 

Australian designer Incat Crowther has announced the delivery of the first two low emission EPA Tier 4 compliant 29m catamaran passenger ferries, named 'H401' and 'Curiosity', for the expanding operator NYC Ferry by Hornblower.

The Incat Crowther Digital Ship design package allowed identical vessels to be constructed at two independent shipyards; Halimar Shipyard of Morgan City, LA and Breaux Brothers Enterprises of Loreauville, LA.

Although the vessels were commissioned prior to the current circumstances caused by the Covid 19 emergency, it is expected that the high passenger demand NYC Ferry has experienced since commencing operations in 2017 will return. The new vessels complement the 17 Incat Crowther designed 26m vessels and 14 29m vessels already been delivered to NYC Ferry. Four additional 26m vessels are currently under construction at Gulf Craft and Metal Shark, both of Franklin, LA, along with one additional 29m vessel under construction at St John’s Shipbuilding in Palatka, FL. Upon completion of these additional vessels, the NYC Ferry fleet will have grown to 38 vessels in just over three years.

All the above vessels are equipped with main engines from Baudouin, but unlike any of the existing vessels in operation, the new ferries are equipped with EPA Tier 4 compliant engines which further reduce emissions. In order to bring the engines into compliance with Tier 4, Incat Crowther integrated a Baudouin-supplied SCR system into the vessel design along with the necessary urea tanks and dosing system components.

The NYC Ferry fleet has been developed in close co-operation with Hornblower, leveraging Incat Crowther’s comprehensive digital design package and expertise in the US ferry industry to satisfy challenging operational and regulatory requirements.

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