Always on the move.

Always on the move.

Customer

New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT)

The Staten Island Ferry, which has been plying back and forth between Manhattan and Staten Island since 1905, is operated by the NYC DOT, whose decision to opt for the Voith Schneider Propeller (VSP) demonstrates their total commitment to providing a reliable and safe ferry service.

The benefit

25 million passengers reliably transported every year

Every year some 25 million passengers in New York rely on the Staten Island Ferry to take them to their destinations in a reliable and convenient manner. The VSP ensures they arrive safe and sound.

Product

Voith Schneider Propeller (VSP)

The VSP is a combined propulsion and control system in one, capable of generating thrust in any direction thanks to its special design. Short response times to control commands also facilitate rapid, safe and precise maneuvering in adverse conditions. The VSPs make mooring and casting off both smooth and efficient.

The application

Staten Island Ollis-class ferry

A total of three of the new Ollis-class ferries are due for completion by 2022 and will be fitted with Voith's largest VSP type. Four fill-controlled turbo couplings in each vessel facilitate a smooth drivetrain startup while distributing the load between two propulsion units per VSP and minimizing vibrations. Voith's electronic control system enables the captains to steer the ships safely.

Full thrust, full safety.

A new generation of ferries was launched in 2021 for the iconic route between Manhattan and Staten Island. The reliability and safety of the propulsion and control systems has been optimized by the Voith Schneider Propeller (VSP).
 

High-performance, double-ended ferries – capable of carrying up to 4,500 passengers per crossing – ply back and forth between terminals in the New York boroughs of Manhattan and Staten Island on a daily basis. Over 25 million people a year depend on this iconic service.

Any kind of failure or outage on one of these ferries has a massive impact on New York’s already heavily congested traffic system, but these can be effectively prevented with the aid of the VSP.

A new generation of ferries has been operating safely and reliably in New York's Upper Bay since the early fall of 2021, which is due in no small part to the VSPs installed in the new Ollis-class ships. This combined propulsion and control system was selected ahead of all other systems following extensive comparative studies and pilot projects. The VSP’s optimal maneuverability prove to be completely convincing, even when currents, waves and ice make for difficult conditions. 

Map Manhattan Staten Island in New York.

The new VSP-powered ferry also grabbed the limelight at the WorkBoat shipbuilding trade show in New Orleans, where it won the distinction of "Boat of the Year 2021" – a sort of "Oscar for ships".

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    The core benefits of the Voith Schneider Propeller at a glance:

      • The ability to react quickly to changing traffic situations
      • Optimum maneuverability, even under extreme current and weather conditions
      • Low-vibration operation in conjunction with Voith turbo couplings 
      • Compliant with current noise emission standards

      • Minimal vibrations, comfortable operation
      • Smooth mooring and casting off for optimum passenger safety
      • State-of-the-art gas engines for reduced emissions 

      Dr. Dirk Jürgens, Vice President of Research and Development, Voith Turbo Marine
      The new Ollis-class ferries are not the first to be equipped with the VSP. VSP propulsion systems have been used in the Staten Island ferries since the late 1970s and have always been and continue to be totally reliable.
      Dr. Dirk Jürgens, Vice President of Research and Development, Voith Turbo Marine

      The iconic Staten Island Ferry – facts and figures:

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        The SSG Michael H. Ollis was the first of the three new ferries to be transferred from the Florida shipyard to New York in August 2021, with two more due for delivery in 2022.
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        The ferries make over 100 trips between Staten Island and Manhattan every day.
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        Four fill-controlled turbo couplings in each vessel facilitate a smooth drivetrain startup while distributing the load between two propulsion units per VSP and minimizing vibrations.
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        Around 25 million passengers a year travel on the Staten Island ferries – completely free of charge!
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        Each of the three new ferries can carry up to 4,500 passengers.
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        Each ferry is powered by four engines, each with a capacity of 1,862 kW.
        Full thrust, full safety.
        Voith equipment is extremely reliable with unsurpassed maneuverability, which is hugely important here in New York Harbor.
        James DeSimone, former CEO, New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT)

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          A propulsion system that has been winning hearts and minds for over 90 years.

            You, too, can increase the efficiency and reliability of your own ferry fleet. We’d be glad to explain all the benefits of our extremely durable VSP, which can also be combined with our turbo coupling systems.

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            A propulsion system that has been winning hearts and minds for over 90 years.

            The principle of the VSP

              The principle of the VSP is simple.

              The Voith Schneider Propeller employs a unique operating principle based on four to six blades (depending on the model) arranged within a rotating hub. The blades oscillate as the hub rotates thus generating a directed thrust force based on the hydrodynamic buoyancy principle. The fact that this thrust force can be controlled extremely quickly and accurately makes the ship incredibly maneuverable.

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