Robert E. Derecktor Launches First Of Two Staten Island Ferries

Robert E. Derecktor of Rhode Island, Inc., in Middletown, R.I., has launched the first of two passenger ferries for the City of New York Department of Transportation, Bureau of Ferry and General Aviation Operations. The $3.8-million Alice Austin has been designed for yearround operation in New York Harbor area, and its primary use will be for off-peak passenger travel between Manhattan and Staten Island.

The Alice Austin is an all-welded steel hull and superstructure double- ended ferry utilizing twin Voit Schneider Model VSP-24611/165 propulsor units, each driven by Caterpillar Model 3516TA engines rated at 1,410 bhp at 1,600 rpm. The 207-foot ferry has a beam of 40 feet, depth of 33 feet to the sundeck, molded draft of 8 feet, and will accommodate a maximum passenger load of 1,280 persons on two decks with fixed seating provided for 930 passengers. A small concession stand will be located on the upper deck.

A pilothouse with navigation, steering and propulsion controls are located at each end of the vessel.

The Alice Austin will be delivered in the spring of this year.

For further information on Robert E. Derecktor's facilities and services.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 8,  Feb 1986 Thomas Sovereign Gates , Jr.

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