NCDOT Awarded Grant to Upgrade Engines in Hatteras Class Ferries Monday, March 25, 2013

MANNS HARBOR – The NCDOT Ferry Division is expecting considerable fuel and maintenance savings as a result of a $950,487 Ferry Boat Discretionary Program grant from the Federal Highway Administration to upgrade the existing propulsion engines on its seven 150-foot Hatteras Class ferries.

The new engines will replace 20-year-old eight-cylinder diesel engines with 470-horsepower six-cylinder diesel engines. The Ferry Division expects fuel savings of 10 to 15 percent with the lower weight for the vessels, and an overall cost savings of about 20 percent compared to the current operating expenses. Existing shaft, propellers and reduction gears can be used with the new engines to provide installation cost savings as well. The new engines can also be monitored remotely to allow ferry staff to track performance and fuel consumption numbers.

The engine replacements are expected to begin this fall, after the summer tourist season.

The Division’s Hatteras class ferries are the Kinnekeet, Frisco, Chicamacomico, Cape Point, Ocracoke, Roanoke and Thomas A. Baum.

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