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Maritime Propulsion

March 27, 2018

Gladding-Hearn Delivers Ferry for NYC's Circle Line

(Photo: Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding)

Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation, delivered again for New York City-based Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, Inc., this the sixth 165-ft., 599-passenger sightseeing vessels. Designed by DeJong and Lebet, N.A. and builf from steel, the 165 x 34 x 12.8 ft. vessel has a top speed of 14 knots powered by twin Cummins QSK-38M1 diesel engines delivering a total of 2600 hp and connected to ZF W3355 gear boxes, spinning 60-inch, 5-bladed bronze propellers. For dockside maneuvering, the vessel is equipped with a 125 hp Wesmar bow thruster, powered by an electric motor. Two 140 kW, John Deere generators supply the ship’s service power. The vessel carries 8,200 gallons of fuel and 4,000 gallons of potable water. The pilothouse is equipped with port and starboard wing stations, in addition to the centerline helm.

The cabins are equipped with very large double-glazed windows, offering spectacular views of the New York City skyline in any weather. Interior accommodations include space for loose seating and tables for 275 passengers in the main cabin. The second deck provides space for seating and tables for another 200 passengers indoors and outside seating for 88 Aft of the seating is a bandstand for live entertainment. Aft of the pilothouse on the third deck is outdoor seating for 84 passengers under a fixed canopy. The cabins are arranged for significantly improved concession areas, three cocktail bars and a wheelchair-accessible head. Heating and air-conditioning are supplied by a 271,000 Btu diesel-fired boiler and six 10-ton water-cooled chillers. The crew room, located below the main deck, is outfitted with storage cabinets, a refrigerator, shower and head, and walk-in cooler.     


Builder: Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Duclos Corporation

Vessel Type: Sightseeing & Events Vessel 

Hull Type: Monohull 

Owner: Circle Line Sightseeing Tours, New York, NY

Naval Architect: DeJong and Lebet, Inc.

Vessel Name: Circle Line Libert

Vessel length: 165 feet

Vessel beam: 34 feet       

Vessel depth: 12.8 feet 

Vessel draft: 8 feet

Date keel laid: Aug 24, 2015

Date launched: Dec 15, 2017

Date delivered: Feb 24, 2018

Passenger capacities: 599

Coast Guard certification: Subchapter K

Main engines: (2) Cummins QSK38-M1, EPA Tier 3-compliant diesel engines, each delivering 1300 Bhp at 1800 rpm     

Gears: (2) ZF W3355 gearboxes

Propellers: (2) 5-blade, 60” diameter bronze      

Bow thruster: 125 hp Wesmar

Engine controls: ZF/Mathers Premium Clear Command

Keel coolers: Fernstrum (Cu/Ni) grid coolers

Gensets: (2) 140 kW/each, John Deere.

Steering system: Kobelt steering system consisting of two Vickers/Rexroth gearbox PTO driven hydraulic pumps, with a full follow-up power-assist control unit.

Radar: Furuno 1935 

VHF radios: (2) Standard GX5500 

GPS & Plotter: Furuno GP33  

AIS: Furuno FA-150

Depth sounder: Furuno DT800PSF 

Compass: Richie 5” Globe Master B-200P

Fuel: 8200 U.S. gal.                           

Fresh water: 4000 U.S. gal.                                  

Sewage holding: 5000 U.S. gal.   

Crew: (1) Captain, plus 30 crew

Speed: 13- 14 knots 

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