2017-05-19 / Front Page

First Ferry Of Rock Fleet Afloat

By Mark C. Healey


The first ocean-ready vessel for the Ferry fleet – the “H-203”–which will be utilized only on the Rockaway route, is expected to arrive in NYC by the end of the month. The first ocean-ready vessel for the Ferry fleet – the “H-203”–which will be utilized only on the Rockaway route, is expected to arrive in NYC by the end of the month. When The Wave first reported that the NYC Ferry service would debut on May 1, we were told that the earlier than expected start date had a purpose; a period to assess how things would work moving forward.

The first two weeks or so have had their hiccups; riders have been turned away because of full boats during rush hour, some boats have not arrived, but most reports have been positive.

The Rockaway route is already a huge hit, as the New York City Economic Development Corporation says there has been more than 24,000 The first ocean-ready vessel for the Ferry fleet – the “H-203”–which will be utilized only on the Rockaway route, is expected to arrive in NYC by the end of the month. riders to date.


Views like this are why NYC Ferry is such a big hit in Rockaway. Views like this are why NYC Ferry is such a big hit in Rockaway. Also for the most part, folks have been encouraged with their interactions with Hornblower – the ferry operator – and its willingness to communicate with customers dissatisfied with one thing or another.

On another positive note, NYCEDC and Hornblower have told The Wave that the first of three ocean-class vessels built for NYC Ferry Service’s Rockaway route will depart very soon from Horizon Shipyard in Bayou La Batre, Ala., and should arrive in New York City in the next two weeks.

“These new ocean-class boats will make sure Rockaway residents have a smooth ride even in the roughest winter weather - and help surfers take advantage of our great beaches this summer,” NYCEDC President James Patchett told The Wave.

The first vessel, known by its call sign “H-203,” will soon be christened “The Connector,” a name selected by second graders at Manhattan’s PS/MS 50 Vito Marcantonio.

While all 20 vessels in the NYC Ferry fleet are capable of providing effective and comfortable service on the Rockaway route, the new oceanclass vessels have several distinct features that will further enhance the ridership experience on the Rockaway Route, including surfboard racks, which will enable riders to bring their surfboards on the boats for a $1 fee. Also important will be higher freeboards; during winter months the open ocean portion of the Rockaway route can experience powerful waves and choppy waters. The higher freeboards on the ocean-class vessels will provide increased stability for a smoother passenger experience. Lastly, ocean-class vessels are equipped with engines with nearly double the horsepower of the standard engines. While this amount of power is not necessary for daily use, it can help maintain speeds during periods of inclement weather or icy waters.

The new ocean-class vessel, which is expected to depart in a day or two, will make its way around the southern tip of Florida and up the East Coast of the United States over the course of the next week. It will cover approximately 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 by the end of the month.

For more information on Citywide Ferry and to stay up-to-date on the latest information, visit ferry.nyc.

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We the people of edjmere

We the people of edjmere farrockaway alvern by the sea the Dayton's the hammers want full access mark Healey and cb14 and councilman Donovan just like the west push the ferry buses instead of ending them stop pushing the tourist not the people of color because you want to keep it as a private club you want to push tourism give the beach people more parking advertise the shuttle bus give us better transportation. More hospitals and schools instead of Daytop shelter and laquinta shelter coalition of the rockaways Bruce jacobs put that in your paper mark Healey editor of the wave

We the people of edjmere

We the people of edjmere farrockaway alvern by the sea the Dayton's the hammers want full access mark Healey and cb14 and councilman Donovan just like the west push the ferry buses instead of ending them stop pushing the tourist not the people of color because you want to keep it as a private club you want to push tourism give the beach people more parking advertise the shuttle bus give us better transportation. More hospitals and schools instead of Daytop shelter and laquinta shelter coalition of the rockaways Bruce jacobs put that in your paper mark Healey editor of the wave


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