Gladding-Hearn Delivers Ferry for NYC's Circle Line
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