Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) announces their design of a hybrid-electric passenger vehicle ferry for Casco Bay Lines of Portland, Maine will enter the construction phase at Senesco Marine of North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
The 50m ferry will replace an existing diesel-powered ferry, the MACHIGONNE II, resulting in a reduction of 800 tons of carbon dioxide each year, helping to improve air quality in and around Portland, Maine.
The hybrid-electric ferry has capacity for 15 vehicles and 599 passengers.
The double-ended configuration eliminates the need to turn the vessel around and thus reduces the required speed and energy consumption for the new vessel even though it is larger than the MACHIGONNE II.
Casco Bay Lines is a ferry system that provides year-round passenger, freight, postal and vehicle ferry service to the islands of Casco Bay from Portland, Maine. For over 150 years, their vessels have been transporting people from Portland to the islands of Casco Bay.