March 3, 2022
boat builder metal shark was awarded a contract to build a new vehicle ferry for Fire Island Ferries.
Construction of the new Fire Island Maid recently started at the Metal Shark shipyard in Bayou La Batre, Alabama. Conceived by Elliott Bay Design Group, the 70’x23′ vessel features a steel hull and aluminum superstructure. With its hydraulically operated front ramp and reinforced decks designed to support fully loaded concrete trucks and general cargo, the new ferry will provide transportation between Bay Shore, NY and various ports along the Great South Bay of Fire Island.
“This exciting project allows our team to demonstrate our ability to effectively meet project deadlines, with a construction schedule set at six months from start to delivery,” said Doug Barrow, vice president of Metal Shark Alabama, in a press release announcing the new contract. “The construction and outfitting of the vessels will take place in our assembly building, under cover, served by overhead cranes and not exposed to the elements. We look forward to working with Fire Island Ferries on a successful build, delivering a vessel that will meet their needs for years to come.
The new ferry will be powered by two Cummins QSL9 Tier 3 marine engines with ZF Marine CruiseCommand control system and transmissions. Electric power shall be provided by a Cummins Onan MDK generator.
“This is the second vehicle ferry built by Metal Shark for Fire Island communities, following the 70-foot vessel built at our Franklin, Louisiana shipyard for Beachcomber Freight (Sayville Ferry) in 2018,” said Carl Wegener, Vice President of Commercial Sales for Metal Shark. “We are delighted that operators in the North East and members of the Passenger Vessel Association continue to see the value and quality that a vessel built by Metal Shark brings to their business models.”
John Waterhouse, Elliott Bay Design Group PE – Principal in Charge, added: “Elliott Bay Design Group is pleased to have been selected to design this workboat. The folks at Fire Island have been great to work with and we can’t wait to see Metal Shark perform the magic.