OCTOBER 25, 2014—New York City’s plans for the convert one of its smaller ferries to burn Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) are moving ahead, after the city’s Department of Transportation (NYCDOT), Division of Ferries, issued two separate solicitations for bids to supply the LNG engine and associated equipment and LNG storage and bunkering equipment.
The conversion would be carried out on one of two Alice Austen Class ferries, the Alice Austen or John A. Noble, often operated in off-peak service. The boats, which carry 1,107 passengers and nine crew, are 207 feet long, 40 feet wide, with a draft of 8 feet, 6 inches, 499 gross tonnage, service speed of 16 knots, and 3,200 horsepower. The 499-gross ton boats were built by Derecktor Shipyards in Middletown, RI, and delivered in 1986. The double-ended ferries are equipped with Voith Schneider Propellers.
The NYCDOT plans to a hold a Pre-Bid Meeting will be held on October 30 at 10 A.M. at Staten Island Ferry Maintenance Facility, 1 Bay Street, Staten Island, NY.
Sealed bids must be submitted by 11 AM November 20, 2014 55 Water Street, Ground Floor, New York, NY 10041. A deposit of $50.00 is required for each contract in the form of a Certified Check or Money Order payable to: New York City Department of Transportation. Company address, telephone and fax numbers are required when picking up proposal documents.