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Elliott Bay to design new ferry for Ohio operator

May 17, 2018 09:41 AM

The $7 million, 600-passenger boat will service a Lake Erie route

Increases in the number of passengers and vehicles using Miller Boat Line will lead to a new vessel set to debut in 2019.

Courtesy Port Clinton News Herald

Increases in the number of passengers and vehicles using Miller Boat Line will lead to a new vessel set to debut in 2019.

(PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio) — Elliott Bay Design Group has been awarded a contract to design the next addition to Miller Boat Line's ferry fleet, the Port Clinton News Herald reported.

The Seattle firm will design a 136-foot vessel capable of carrying 26 vehicles and 600 passengers on the Lake Erie route to and from South Bass Island. The estimated cost of the new ferry is about $7 million and the vessel expected to debut in May 2019. A builder has not been announced.

The operator's current fleet includes a 90-foot boat, two 96-foot boats and a 136-foot boat that will be similar in design to the new vessel. The newbuild will feature better propulsion technology and improved efficiency for loading and unloading passengers.

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