Sitka company builds ferries for New York

Posted: Monday, December 17, 2001

SITKA (AP) -- Allen Marine Inc., has a contract to build four high-speed ferries for a New-Jersey-based commuter company.

The first of the four Sea Otter class ships was delivered in November for NY Waterway under a contract worth more than $4 million, said Tom Scheidt, Allen Marine vice president.

The ferries carry 97 passengers and can run at a speed of over 30 knots. NY Waterway is the nation's largest private ferry operator and provides daily passenger service for commuters in the New York metropolitan area and operates a bus service.

The company already had five ferries built by Allen Marine in service prior to the order for four more earlier this year. Those ferries serve lower Manhattan, Westchester and Rockland counties and northern New Jersey.

Scheidt said increased demand for ferry service following the Sept. 11 attacks has prompted the company's 40 employees to work overtime to deliver the ships. Ridership on NY Waterway ferries increased to 60,000 a day from 33,000 per-day prior to the attacks, Scheidt said.

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