New Staten Island Ferries equipped with Voith Schneider Propulsion Systems
- High reliability of the Voith Schneider Propeller (VSP) decisive
- Precision maneuverability guarantees highest safety in busy New York Harbor
- Fill-controlled fluid couplings – also by Voith – ensure effective engine management
Their excellent maneuverability is a primary reason why the NYC DoT decided to use the VSP, because in the very busy New York Harbor, the ferries must be able to react promptly to new traffic situations. Besides this, the ferry service has to deal with difficult conditions like strong currents, waves as well as ice conditions in winter, which is why Voith Schneider Propulsion was selected as the best available technology.
Voith Turbo will supply each ferry with an Electronic Control System. The vessels are equipped with two separate control stands, one at each end of the ferry. This provides captains with an excellent view of the surroundings and river traffic at all times. Each ferry is equipped with a total of four diesel engines that are arranged mid-ship. Two engines with a power of 1,863 kilowatts at 750 revolutions per minute are available for each VSP. The engine redundancy ensures minimum ferry downtimes. If one engine is out of service it will be disengaged from the driveline by the drained fluid coupling while the second one is used for propulsion.
Approximately 22 million passengers a year use the ferries that connect Staten Island and Manhattan more than 100 times a day. Many of these passengers are commuters. However, tourists also enjoy the free crossing of more than five miles to admire the breathtaking New York skyline.
Voith Turbo, a Group Division of Voith, is a specialist for intelligent drive solutions, systems and comprehensive services. Customers from highly diverse industries such as oil and gas, energy, rail and commercial vehicles, ship technology, mining and mechanical engineering rely on the advanced technologies and solutions-driven expertise of Voith Turbo.
For 150 years, Voith’s technologies have been inspiring customers, business partners and employees around the world. Founded in 1867, Voith today has around 19,000 employees, sales of €4.3 billion and locations in more than 60 countries worldwide and is thus one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe. Being a technology leader, Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive.
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