Elliott Bay Design Group (EBGD) has designed a new river class vehicle ferry for North Carolina Department of Transportation Ferry Division (NCDOT), which will be built at Bollinger Shipyards of Lockport, Louisiana. The vessel is due to be delivered by March 1, 2019.
“This is a great first step in phasing out our smaller boats and replacing them with larger ones,” said Ferry Division Director, Harold Thomas. “Eventually it will allow us to increase our capacity with the same number of scheduled trips.”
The new ferry will be 183 feet long and have room for 38 regular-sized vehicles. It will serve as a replacement for the 22-year-old M/V THOMAS A. BAUM, a Hatteras-class ferry that carries 26 vehicles.
Once built, the new vessel will be the Ferry Division’s first new car ferry since the M/V SEA LEVEL which was christened in 2012 and also designed by Elliott Bay Design Group.
Elliott Bay Design Group LLC (EBDG) is an employee-owned company with offices in Seattle, New Orleans and Ketchikan that provides naval architecture, marine engineering and production support services to owners, operators and shipyards across the country. With a focus on responsiveness, EBDG delivers designs that are better to build and better to operate.