b'MEMBER NEWSMEMBER NEWSNew Passenger and Vehicle Ferry JoinsMiller Boat Line FleetO hio-based Miller Boat Line took deliv- Market family since it was purchased by Maryis a twin screw, conventional running gear ferry ery on July 10 of its newest passengerAnn and her husband Bill Market III in 1978. with articulating rudders. Miller Boat Line Vice and vehicle ferry, Mary Ann Market,President Jake Market said the third engine was from Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding of SturgeonThe fifth and largest vessel in the Miller Boat Lineadded to run a hydraulic valve thruster and a Bay, Wis. The ferry was designed by Seacraftfleet, the 140 x 38.5 ferry has a 7-foot draft. Thecontrolled pitch propeller.DesignLLC,SturgeonBay,Wis.Allthreedrive on/drive off ferry has capacity for approx-companies are PVA members. imately 28 vehicles and up to 600 passengers, aWehaveaverytightturnaroundatour 20 percent cargo capacity increase compared todocks, Market said. And because we want to The ferry is named in honor of the companysthe companys next largest vessel. Powered bybe able to accommodate more passenger seat-late owner Mary Ann Market. The Lake EriethreeEPATier3compliant803-horsepowering on the second deck, we needed to be able to ferry operator has been owned and run by theCaterpillar C18 engines, the Mary Ann Marketmake up speed on the run, to allow passengers enough time to get up and down the stairs and find their seats. He noted that the vessel did about 12.7 knots during trials.Theferrysinteriorspacesaretemperature controlled, and it features a main cabin with an ADA-compliant layout and restroom, as wellasadditionaloutdoorseatinganden-closed cabin on the upper deck. Panoramic views from the upper deck, broad stairwells, audio/visualmessaging,aquietride,and easilysanitizedsurfacesaddtothepass- enger experience.REQUEST FOR INFORMATION COMING SUMMER 2022 Miller Boat Line will run the ferry year-round except when theres ice on Lake Erie, making Washington State Ferries to seek proposals16 trips per day The vessel is expected to enter PHOTO COURTESY OF MILLER BOAT LINEservice following its U.S. Coast Guard inspec-for construction of 5 hybrid-electriction later this month.Olympic class vesselsFor more information, visit: wsdot.wa.gov/construction-planning/ Market said hes seen business pick up signifi-cantly. Weve been able to staff up, and were major-projects/ferry-system-electrification. staying busy. Were excited to get this new boat into service to help pick up some of the load.FOGHORN 40'