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March 5, 2009

Blount delivers ferry

Warren, R.I. shipbuilder Blount Boats recently delivered the vehicle/passenger ferry M/V SOUTHSIDE to South Ferry, Inc., Shelter Island, N.Y.

With a LOA of 101 ft and maximum beam of 39 ft the 149-passenger vessel comfortably carries 18 autos and a maximum deck load of 260,000 pounds. Main propulsion is provided by two Detroit Series 60 engines, each rated at 400 hp continuous. Twin Disc 516 remote mount, reverse gears transmit power to Rolls Royce 4-blade, nibral ice strengthened propellers through 4 inch Aquamet 17 propeller shafts.

The M/V SOUTHSIDE is a sister ship to the M/V SUNRISE built at the Blount shipyard in 2002. It was named after an earlier vessel built in the 1920's, which operated into the 1970's. The SOUTHSIDE will service the half-mile crossing of partially protected inland waters between Shelter Island and the South Fork of Long Island.

M/V SOUTHSIDE has a number of "green" features, including use of an active Puradyne bypass filtration system that, combined with oil analysis, safely extends oil change interval to 3,000 hours (based on sister ship performance). The engine room fixed fire suppression system utilizes Inergen by Ansul Corporation. It has no ozone depletion potential and, unlike CO2, it is not deadly to humans.

Jacket water heating allows crew and passenger spaces to be entirely heated by using engine "waste" heat as a heat source. No oil fired or electric heaters utilized.

Exclusive DC electric power /no generators: Three 24 volt battery banks provide electrical power for all vessel requirements. Normal operation splits the load between the three banks. However, each bank can carry the entire load in an emergency. Rugged and highly efficient deck lighting is provided by a combination of high intensity discharge Xenon floods and LED lights.

There is a closed loop cooling system. Water cooler with zero discharge.

Noise Reduction. The entire machinery space above the waterline is lead lined with navy hull board in addition to thermal insulation. Engine mufflers are hospital grade. Engines are mounted on isolation mounts to minimize transmission of sound through hull structure, which results in much lower noise levels in all crew and passenger spaces.

A removable Brush-Wellman Toughmet sleeve at the Cutlass bearing provides high lubricity and long wear for both sleeve and Cutlass bearing. When replacement of either Cutlass bearing or sleeve is required, it is not necessary to draw the tail shaft, minimizing both expense and time out of service.

Fresh and waste oil tanks in engine room with quick connect fittings on oil pans and reverse gens facilitate rapid oil

Redundant Navigation Lights. Navigation light failures corrected immediately by switching to back-up with no downtime or safety issue.

Hydraulic Vehicular end gates provide improved crew safety and minimizes time necessary to open/close gates compared to manual gates.

Technical particulars:

Builder: Blount Boats, Inc.

Operator: South Ferry, Inc.

U.S.C.G. Certified Routes: Protected waters

Description:Welded steel, single chine displacement hull with one open auto deck and enclosed aluminum passenger cabin with pilot house.

Length (Overall): 101' (30.7m)

Beam: 39' 0" (11.8m)

Depth: 10' 5"(3.2m)

Design Draft: 7' 0" (2.1m)

Capacity:149 Passengers

Crew Quarters:None

Tank Capacities: (Approximate)

Fuel Oil: 700 gal.

Potable Water:None

Sewage Holding:None

Gray Water:None

Lube Oil 170 gal.

Waste Oil 170 gal.

Hydraulic Oil 210 gal.

Main propulsion:(2) Detroit Diesel Series 60 engines producing 400 [email protected]

Marine Gear:(2) Twin Disc MG-516 4.5:1 Reduction (free standing)

Engine Controls:Detroit DDEC (2 stations)

Propeller:(2) Rolls-Royce, ice class, R/H, 54" x 40 pitch

Shafting:4" Aquamet 17, Rose's Marine w/ Duramax Shaft Seals and Bearings.


Engine Cooling:Walters

Mufflers:(2) 5" Maxim SS "Critical Grade"

Ground Tackle:Danforth

Ship's Service Power:24VDC supplied by (3) 175 AMP alternators

Fire Pump:R.A. Mitchell HHLF 2x2 engine driven

Bilge Pump:R.A. Mitchell HHLF 2x2 engine driven

Engine Room CO2:Ansul, inergen agent

Steering Gear:Jastram

Switchboard:Main & DDEC SWBDS, Power Panels

Windows and Doors:Pacific Coast Marine

Hatches: Freeman Marine (H&H Propeller)

End Gates: Blount Boats, Hope Group (hydraulics)

Louvers and Fans: Delta "T" Systems, Inc.

Sound Insulation: Anchor Insulation

Heaters: Heater craft

Paint: International

Wipers: WYNN, In-Mar Systems


Navigation Equipment:

Radar:Furuno 1932 Mk II

Horn: Kahlenberg, KB-20

VHF: (2) ICOM MDL# M502

Loud Hailer: (2) Standard MDL# LH5

Stereo: (2) Horizon

Compass:Ritchie HB-70

Searchlight: (2) Carlisle-Finch

Hull construction:3/8" bottom, 5/16 sides, 1/2" deck plate

Framing: Channel Iron and Bulb Flats

Rub Rail: 9"x7"x5/8" Steel Tubing

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