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Halter to Build Ferries


Halter Marine Group has won contract to build two passenger ferries for North Carolina’s Department of Transportation. Construction recently began at the company’s Moss Point Marine shipyard, with delivery slated for March 2000 and July 2000, respectively.
The 180-foot ferries will each be powered by two Caterpillar 3412 DITA diesel engines, giving them a minimum of 475 horsepower at 1200 rpm. These engines are each driving a Voith-Schneider cycloidal propulsion steering unit, mounted below the bow and stern. Electrical power will be provided to two sets of 105 kW generators by two Caterpillar 3304B DIT engines. Emergency electrical power will be provided by a Caterpillar 3304 DIT engine, driving a 65 kW generator, and each all-steel ferry will be able to carry over 2000 gallons of potable water, over 3000 gallons of fuel, and 110 gallons of oil. Sewage will be stored in a 750 gallon holding tank for shoreside disposal.
These three-deck ships can each carry about 40 average-sized cars and trucks, and feature an "island" type superstructure with a passenger deck, topped by a pilot house with dual control stations outfitted with a full complement of communications and navigational equipment to aid steering and mooring. In addition, the air-conditioned and heated passenger cabins will feature bench seating and restrooms. Up to 300 passengers per ferry will be able to enjoy the boats’ open 400 square foot sun decks, which encircle the raised passenger compartments. The ferries will even have lounge facilities for the crew, complete with refrigerators and microwave ovens.
More information: Halter Marine Group


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