Gladding-Hearn Announces Sale Of Its Fourth INCAT To New York City Ferry Service

Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, The Duclos Corp., which launched its first high-speed passenger ferry designed by Australian marine architect Philip Hercus just over a year ago, has announced the sale of its fourth International Catamaran (INCAT) to TNT Hydrolines, Inc., a New Jersey-based subsidiary of TNT, Ltd. of Australia, one of the world's largest transportation companies.

The 82-foot, welded-aluminum, twin-hulled vessel is the first INCAT to service metropolitan area commuters. Beginning early next year, the 265-passenger catamaran will run twice daily from Atlantic Highlands in New Jersey's Bayshore area to New York City. The company also plans to run tourist excursions during midday hours.

Powered by twin 12-cylinder diesel engines, the new vessel will reach speeds of 30 knots fully loaded.

George Duclos, president of Gladding-Hearn, which holds the East Coast license to build Mr.

Hercus's INCATs, said the commuter boat will take between seven to eight months to construct, as each vessel is custom built. The commuter trip to Manhattan is expected to take about 45 minutes.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 72,  Nov 1988

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