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OCTOBER 31, 2017—Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc., Bayou La Batre, AL, has filed a voluntary petition for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 in the United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Alabama, Mobile Division.

Travis Short, President, Horizon Shipbuilding, told Marine Log in a statement, "Horizon along with its customers and suppliers have contributed to bringing good value to the marine industry through its products and services.  On October 24, 2017 in order to continue those efforts, [Horizon Shipbuilding] had to file for Chapter 11 reorganization due recent contract issues.  With the sector level as it is we anticipate a moderate recovery."

Horizon Shipbuilding was one of two shipyards selected to build a fleet of 150-passenger catamaran vessels in an unprecedented expansion of ferry service for New York City. The initial batch of Incat Crowther-designed boats for NYC Ferry by Hornblower were delivered in a compressed timeline and are in operation on the new ferry system that connects Manhattan with the Rockaways and the boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx.

While the new ferry system has proved extremely popular—it recently welcomed its 2 millionth passenger since the service started in May 2017—Horizon Shipbuilding suffered “revenue shortfalls” on the newbuilding program. Horizon Shipbuilding Vice President Lance Lemcool, said in a statement issued on Sept. 21, “Through the unparalleled commitment of Horizon's boat builders, subcontractors and suppliers, all of the 2017 ferries” for the NYC Ferry project were delivered. “However, project revenues were not sufficient for Horizon to continue normal day to day operations. The forecasted shortfalls were brought to the forefront early in the project and discussions have been ongoing since then without resolution. Horizon will now take the time to reorganize its current projects and make every effort to regain its reputation with the vendors and subcontractors that help make up the Horizon Team.”

Meanwhile, the other builder selected by NYC Ferry to build six of the catamaran ferries for the New York City ferry service has prospered. From its new shipyard at Franklin, LA, Metal Shark delivered those six 150-passenger ferries on time between April and June of this year and was awarded another round of contracts by Hornblower in August for five additional ferries. The new ferries include four 97 ft, 350-passenger USCG Subchapter K boats—the Rockaway Class—and another 150-passenger catamaran ferry. All will be delivered in 2018 on an accelerated production schedule.


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SEPTEMBER 15, 2017—Back on August 1, NYC Ferry—New York City’s new ferry service that connects Manhattan with the outer boroughs—celebrated the carriage of its 1 millionth passenger. An integral part of the new service, launched by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and operated by Hornblower, are new ferry landings in Brooklyn at Bay Ridge, Atlantic Basin, and Brooklyn Bridge Park, and one in Queens in Astoria. The landings, estimated at $55 million, were designed by the McLaren Engineering Group, West Nyack, NY.

McLaren provided engineering consulting services on the development and design of 11 new and several upgraded NYC Ferry landings. The scope of the firm’s work included design, planning, coordination, permitting, procurement and construction administration.

Malcolm G. McLaren, President and CEO, McLaren Engineering Group, says the firm “helped develop the floating landing concept in New York harbor and have been for improving on it for more than 30 years. Our extensive experience prepared us to quickly design landings that link the city’s boroughs in a safe and efficient manner.”

Key services McLaren provided on the design of the NYC Ferry landings include fendering and vessel impact design, accessibility design, canopy, gates and railings, windscreens, navigational piles, and the upland gateways with power and wayfinding.

Additionally, in support, McLaren performed the surveying, inspections, geotechnical investigations, and permit submissions for the United States Army Corps of Engineers, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the NYC Department of Small Business Services, the Public Design Commission, and City Parks.

“After studying the proposed landing sites to ensure the locations were viable,” says Shea Thorvaldsen, marine division manager, McLaren Engineering Group, “we implemented our fast track designs, which we have refined over the last 30 years. We then determined how to get the riders safely onboard, power to the site, and how to minimize the impact of the landings on the surrounding neighborhood.”

McLaren’s marine structural engineering team has been designing and implementing floating ferry landing concepts since the mid 1980’s. The typical design contains a barge on the waterway that rises and falls with the tides, and can accommodate multiple vessels of varying freeboards. Designed to be compliant with Local Law 68 (passenger accessibility), the barges can easily be maintained, while ensuring structural resiliency. 

McLaren has engineered more than 60 ferry transportation facilities in the Northeast. These include the Battery Park Ferry Terminal at the World Financial Center, the restoration of the Hoboken (Lackawanna) Ferry Terminal, and the Port Imperial terminal in Weehawken, NJ.

Hornblower, NYCEDC, and McLaren Engineering Group will on be on hand to discuss the new NYC Ferry service at Marine Log FERRIES 2017 Conference & Expo, which is set for Nov. 9-10, 2017 at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge. The Marine Log FERRIES Conference & Expo series is the longest running ferry conference in North America. This year marks its 30th anniversary. Click here for more details on this year's program, sponors, and exhibitors.

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MARCH 22, 2017 — The first of 20 new boats built for the soon-to-be-launched Citywide Ferry Service has departed Horizon Shipbuilding in Bayou La Batre, AL, and is on its way to New York City.

The vessel, which departed the shipyard Tuesday afternoon, will travel 1,742 nautical miles, across the Gulf of Mexico, through Lake Okeechobee, and up the East Coast of the United States.

The vessel will cover about 280 nautical miles every 12-18 hours, with periodic port calls for refueling and any needed mechanical and system adjustments. Depending on weather and other conditions, the vessel is expected to arrive in New York Harbor early next month.

From start to launch, each CityWide Ferry vessel takes roughly eight months to complete. The vessel then undergoes a sea trial to ensure it is fit for service and for its maiden voyage up the East Coast.

"The first Citywide Ferry boat is officially on its way," said New York City Economic Development Corporation President James Patchett. "Soon you'll be seeing these modern, efficient vessels right here in New York Harbor. This is a major milestone toward launching Citywide Ferry this summer, and connecting more New Yorkers to good jobs and opportunities all along our waterfront."

Each vessel's sea trial lasts about a week and includes a series of tests conducted by the shipyard, the vessel's owner and the U.S. Coast Guard. A professional team of engineers, captains and other technical crew members thoroughly vet the vessel's equipment, speed, safety and overall performance. Once the vessel is certified by the U.S. Coast Guard, the vessel can sail up to New York City.

Designed by Incat Crowther, the 26 m aluminum hulled catamaran ferries are being produced by Horizon Shipbuilding and Metal Shark Boats in Franklin, LA. Besides constructing a new series of passenger ferries for Hornblower and the Citywide Ferry, Metal Shark recently secured separate orders to build ferries for Potomac Riverboats and the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority. Those vessels will also be produced at Metal Shark's facility in Franklin, which was recently expanded to include a 60,000 ft2 assembly building and four assembly bays. Metal Shark, which also operates a vessel production facility at its headquarters in Jeanerette, LA, is reportedly close to announcing additional orders for the ferry market.

As we reported earlier, Metal Shark launched the first of its catamaran ferries for Citywide Ferry back on February 24. Plans are for Metal Shark to deliver two ferries per month from March until May.

The Hornblower Company has been selected as the operator of the new ferry system. When Citywide Ferry by Hornblower is fully operational in 2018, the six routes will carry an estimated 4.6 million passenger trips per year.


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SEPTEMBER 14, 2016 — New York City ferry contract puts two Gulf Coast shipbuilders, Horizon Shipbuiding and Metal Shark Boats, in the spotlight (Extended coverage from Marine Log's September 2016 issue). By John R. Snyder, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

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JULY 7, 2016—Two Gulf Coast shipyards have secured contracts to build 19 catamaran ferries that will operate in New York City’s new Citywide Ferry fleet, according to an executive at Hornblower Inc.

In an exclusive interview with Marine Log, Cameron Clark, VP and GM, Hornblower NY, said Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc., Bayou La Batre, AL, and Metal Shark Aluminum Boats, Jeanerette, LA, would build and deliver 14 ferries by the first quarter of 2017, and the remaining five ferries by 2018. The service, which will be operated by Hornblower under a contract with the city, will launch in the summer of 2017.

All eyes are on this new fleet, as they make history becoming the first ferry fleet to operate citywide. The service is expected to help alleviate some of the congestion on New York City’s already overcrowded and aging MTA subway system, and help bring service to growing waterfront and underserved communities.

The 19 catamaran ferries will all be based on an Incat Crowther design. At 26 meters long they will be slightly larger than the standard 22 m cat ferries. The ferries will carry at least 149 passengers to 21 landings across four of the city’s five boroughs. Each vessel will use EPA-compliant Tier 3 engines to help reduce diesel emissions and noise. The innovative hull design is also expected to limit wake and maximize fuel efficiency.

The goal is to deliver a “21st century ferry product to New York Harbor that will make working, living and playing along the waterfront that much easier,” said Clark. The ferries will be fitted with such amenities as charging stations, WiFi and bicycle racks.

While the short build time will be challenging, Horizon Shipbuilding and Metal Shark are more than capable of getting the job done. Both yards are geared for series construction, and have a proven track record, having completed large vessel orders under aggressive timelines in the past.

Horizon, which specializes in the design and construction of ships, boats, and barges up to 300 ft in length and 1,500 tons launch weight, delivered 40 vessels in a 20-month timeframe—the boats are of the same tonnage as the Citywide Ferry vessels. Horizon is also currently building two 100 ft x 40 ft escort tugs for McAllister Towing, New York, NY. The tugs are to be delivered in early 2017.

Horizon’s GORDHEAD management software also proved to be a clincher. Clark says the use of the GORDHEAD management software, an effective tool in keeping build projects on time and on budget, will allow Hornblower to stay connected with the team on the ground 24/7 and ensure the project stays on schedule.

Meanwhile, Metal Shark, which has grown substantially over the last decade, and was recently one of nine shipyards awarded MARAD’s Small Shipyard Grants, has a history of building large series newbuilds for government fleets.

The boat builder has contracts with the U.S. Navy—producing the Navy’s Force Protection Boat-Medium, High Speed Maneuverable Surface Target Boat (HSMST) and 7-meter RHIBs; the U.S. Coast Guard’s Response Boat – Small (RBS) fleet; and a slew of build contracts for Foreign Military Sales (FMS), state and local law enforcement agencies, pilot, associations, and port operators.

Its small shipyard grant of $582,410 will be used to acquire and implement portable work shelters and marine transporters at its Franklin, LA, facility. The acquisition of the Franklin facility in 2014—where it’s believed the Citywide Ferry vessels will be built—enabled Metal Shark to expand its portfolio and construct both aluminum and steel vessels up to 250 ft long.

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JUNE 17, 2016 — New York City gears up for the launch of the Citywide Ferry service in 2017  By Shirley Del Valle, Managing Editor (Extended Coverage from Marine Log's June 2016 issue)

Published in Ferries

June 16, 2016 — New York City has released the initial renderings of the ferries for the new Citywide Ferry system that will start operating in the summer of next year. Hornblower, Inc., will operate the ferries under a contract with the city.

Designed by Incat Crowther, the new ferries will be 26 meters long, slightly larger than the standard 22 m vessels, providing passengers with a more comfortable ride. The ferries will also feature charging stations, concessions, Wi-Fi and a space for bicycles on board.

“The greatest city in the world deserves the greatest ferry system in the world. That’s exactly what New Yorkers are getting with these modern, efficient boats that come with Wi-Fi, charging stations, and plenty of space to move around comfortably,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Most importantly, when we launch Citywide Ferry next summer we will be connecting New Yorkers in transit-starved neighborhoods with good jobs and opportunities all over the city.”

Nineteen vessels will operate at 21 landing across four of New York City’s five boroughs, providing a new and easy transport for underserved communities, such as Clason Point in the Soundview section of the Bronx, and connecting people with the city’s hundreds of miles of waterfront.

Each vessel will use EPA-compliant Tier 3 engines to help reduce diesel emissions and noise. Incat Crowther’s innovative hull design will help limit wake and maximize fuel efficiency, and the ferries will primarily be built out of aluminum further increasing fuel efficiency.

Each member of Citywide Ferries’ fleet is expected to carry at least 149 passengers. The vessel’s main deck will have seating for 123 seats plus space for four wheelchairs and four strollers. Meanwhile, the upper deck will seat 42.

“Hornblower is working with leading designers and maritime experts to deliver a 21st century ferry product to New York Harbor that will make working, living and playing along the waterfront that much easier,” said Cameron Clark, VP and GM, Hornblower. “The overall concept of these new vessels reflects our design to deliver a system that builds on our strong record of environmental efficiency, sustainability and resiliency.”

Hornblower is no stranger to operating a fleet that is environmentally friendly, efficient and sustainable. The company currently operates the Hornblower Hybrid in New York Harbor. The operator’s west coast division, Alcatraz Cruises, operates the company’s environmental flagship, the Hornblower Hybrid Alcatraz, which uses solar panels, wind turbines and fuel-efficient diesel engines for power. The 64 ft ferry also incorporates the use of recycled and sustainable materials in its interior fixtures.

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May 6, 2016 —The America’s Cup will return to New York City this weekend for the first time since 1920. Part of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, the event is one of six taking place this year with teams from around the world accumulating points towards the final competition, the 35th America’s Cup to be held in Bermuda in 2017.

As a lead up to the race, engine manufacturer Yanmar and ORACLE Team USA invited members of the media, including MARINE LOG, to jump onboard either ORACLE Team USA’s official chase boat or Yanmar’s X39 Concept Boat during a special on water demonstration.

The two chase boats play a vital role in the team’s operation, providing logistical, safety and coaching support during the race. As ORACLE Team USA skipper Jimmy Spithill explained, it’s necessary for the chase boats to be able to “keep up” with the racing boats. In order for that to happen, the right engine provider needed to be chosen. That’s where its partnership with Yanmar comes in.

YANMARORACLEYanmar provided the 8LV inboard marine diesel engine and ZT sterndrive system for the ORACLE Team USA chase boats, Chase Boat Yanmar 1 and Chase Boat Yanmar 2, generating a top speed of 53 knots—crucial to the team’s operations. Should the team’s cat capsize during the race, the chase boat is there in seconds to help assist with righting the vessel and helping crew. The chase boats also have the task of tracking race progress and gathering and analyzing data on the crew’s daily performance.

During Media Day, Yanmar also showcased its 11.8 m Yanmar X39 Express Cruiser Concept Boat. The sleek, high-performing, sporty X39 is equipped with two Y-Concept FY01 Marine Engines generating a top speed of 43 knots.

If you’re in the New York City area this weekend, checkout the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, or catch it on NBCSN. The event will take place on the lower Hudson River off the Battery Park City esplanade on May 7 and 8. There will also be an Event Village at Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza where spectators will be able to view the event.


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FEBRUARY 5, 2015 — In his State of the City Address this week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed a major expansion of ferry routes serving the city.

Here's what he said:

"Today, we announce that we’re launching a new citywide ferry service to be open for business in 2017.   New ferry rides will be priced the same as a MetroCard fare, so ferries will be as affordable to everyday New Yorkers as our subways and buses. …. so residents of the Rockaways and Red Hook and Soundview will now be closer to the opportunities they need.

"And beyond connecting residents to jobs in Manhattan, our new citywide ferry system will spur the development of new commercial corridors throughout the outer boroughs."

Though his remarks were short on details, the Mayor's office has subsequently released the maps shown below.

The New York Times reports that officials say the city will immediately start the processes for choosing design, construction and ferry operators.

The city projects that 4.6 million trips would be taken each year on the ferries, which would be run by private operators, says The Times, noting that, on the average weekday, more than five million subway trips are taken.

According to the report, the administration says it has committed $55 million in capital funds to the project, and anticipates an operating subsidy of $10 million to $20 million a year.

The figures did not include a possible future route serving Coney Island and Stapleton, Staten Island.

Today's Brian Lehrer show on public radio station WNYC discussed the Mayor's plan in some detail. You can listen to it here.



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