JANUARY 10, 2013—New York City morning newscasts today showed the ferry Seastreak Wall Street under tow away from Manhattan's Pier 11 following the hard docking incident yesterday in which a total of 74 passengers were injured.
Meantime, the NTSB investigation of the incident continues. Something that is sure to come under scrutiny is what role, if any, in the accident may have been played by last year's conversion of the vessel from waterjet to propeller propulsion (see earlier story).
The vessel was launched in 2003 and is the third of four sister vessels built by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Somerset, MA.
As we reported last August, the original propulsion package was chosen with emphasis on speed for the Atlantic Highlands to Manhattan service, delivering speeds in excess of 38 knots and four-engine redundancy, with four Cummins KTA50 main engines, each producing 1,424 kW powering four KaMeWa A50 water jets.
Over time, the operating costs of the four-engine drivetrain, changes to the vessels’ schedules and the age of the main machinery led the operator to request an investigation by designer Incat Crowther into repowering options.
That led to the selection of a pair of MTU 16V4000M53 engines and, taking into account the operating profile of the vessel, it was deemed that Servogear controllable pitch propellers would offer a significant fuel savings at the vessel’s 32 knot operating speed.
Incat Crowther provided a comprehensive design service, preparing detailed drawings and documentation including revised Coast Guard submissions. Following a competitive tender process, the contract to perform the modification was awarded to Midship Marine of Louisiana.
Investigators will likely be looking at whether any of the hardware or involved in the extensive conversion suffered a failure and at whether changes to the vessel's handling characteristics after the repower were in any way involved.
Marine Log News
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- 2012-04-23 - STX Rauma lays keel for double-ended ferry
- 2012-03-08 - Cargo ship master faces alcohol charge after collision with Stena ferry
- 2012-02-28 - Art Anderson Associates hires Sean McKee as Marine Electrical Engineer
- 2012-03-26 - Aluminium Marine delivers 195-passenger ferry
- 2012-05-25 - NTSB makes ferry safety recommendations
- 2012-07-29 - Voith keeps things moving at 2012 Olympics
- 2012-08-16 - CMAL to study hydrogen fuel cell applications for green ferries
- 2012-09-06 - Mat-Su Borough puts Susitna up for sale
- 2012-10-08 - MHI confirms effectiveness of air lube system on ferry
- 2012-10-19 - Euroferries charters Austal trimaran for new cross channel service
- 2012-10-31 - Ferry service impacted by Hurricane Sandy
- 2012-11-20 - Danish yard delivers double-ended 50 m ferry
- 2012-11-26 - NY Water Taxi to operate new ferry service
- 2012-11-26 - Lauro and Rolls-Royce team to develop gas fueled ferry
- 2012-12-03 - Wärtsilä gets equipment order for LNG-fueled Quebec ferry
- 2012-12-21 - NYC to continue East River Ferry service
- 2012-12-28 - Kvichak Marine delivers Lake Havasu ferry
- 2013-01-09 - Passengers injured as Seastreak ferry slams into NYC dock
- 2013-01-09 - Seastreak ferry remains docked as investigations start
- 2013-01-10 - Voith Schneider Propellers ordered for Canadian lake ferry
- 2013-01-11 - EU funding for LNG bunkering vessel project
- 2013-01-12 - NTSB briefing on Seastreak ferry incident investigation
- 2013-01-16 - LNG fueled cruise ferry has Navis DP
- 2013-01-17 - New head of Alaska ferry system
- 2013-01-21 - Cruise ferry is first ship to gain new BV notation
- 2013-01-29 - EU funds study of barriers to LNG fueling
- 2013-01-29 - Mat-Su Borough tries to give Susitna away
- 2013-02-06 - LCS-5 will be first with new high power density waterjets
- 2013-02-10 - BHC lone bidder for Salem ferry service
- 2013-02-17 - Virginia DOT issues RFP for new ferry design
- 2013-02-19 - Bangladesh shipbuilder delivers ferry to Danish owner
- 2013-02-20 - USCG marks temporary route for Hatteras - Ocracoke ferry
- 2013-02-25 - MTN Satellite offers new broadband solution
- 2013-03-06 - Nova Scotia to make new effort to find ferry operator
- 2013-03-13 - Canada TSB issues report on 2011 BC Ferries' hard docking
- 2013-03-14 - Wärtsilä wins Viking Grace maintenance agreement
- 2013-03-19 - Wesmar to supply bow thrusters for Australian ferry
- 2013-03-22 - Battery powered ferry to have Azipull propulsion
- 2013-03-22 - Coal-burning S.S. Badger gets a two-season reprieve
- 2013-03-26 - Latest 112 m Incat wave piercer heads for Denmark
- 2013-03-29 - Stockholm offers vessel-to-vessel LNG bunkering
- 2013-04-01 - Susitna attracts just one bid
- 2013-04-08 - Indonesia releases Skaugen vessel after six months detention
- 2013-04-11 - FHWA budget seeks $67 million for ferry boat program
- 2013-04-18 - Delivery of LNG-fueled cruise ferry delayed
- 2013-04-18 - Wärtsilä "cautious" on shipbuilding outlook
- 2013-04-24 - Vigor-built barge supports King County ferry operations
- 2013-04-30 - Incat Crowther designs new Rocket for Sydney Harbor
- 2013-05-17 - Celebrating a milestone: EBDG marks 25th anniversary
- 2013-05-21 - Interferry hails MEPC decision on EEDI