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Derecktor launches hybrid boat for fresh-food shipper

Apr 24, 2019 02:10 PM

The 65-foot Captain Ben Moore will serve Connecticut-based Harbor Harvest

Harbor Harvest founder Bob Kunkel aboard M/V Captain Ben Moore

Middletown (Conn.) Press photo

Harbor Harvest founder Bob Kunkel aboard M/V Captain Ben Moore

The following is text of a news release from Derecktor Shipyards:

(MAMARONECK, N.Y.) — M/V Captain Ben Moore entered the water with a quiet splash, a fitting launch for a vessel conceived and built to run silently on clean, efficient hybrid power. The third in a series of 65-foot aluminum catamarans built by Derecktor and powered by BAE Systems hybrid technology, the vessel was built for Harbor Harvest, a Norwalk, Conn.-based company set on changing the way fresh produce and foods are transported around metro areas. Once in service, Moore will carry goods from family farms and small producers in the region across Long Island Sound, relieving traffic congestion and reducing emissions.

The vessel has a top speed of 15 knots and boasts 300 square feet of open cargo space, 100 square feet of covered space and 140 square feet of walk-in refrigerated space. Total capacity is 12,000 pounds of cargo or the equivalent of three to five full truckloads, according to Harbor Harvest founder Bob Kunkel.

As the third hybrid built by Derecktor featuring a lithium battery system at the heart of the power plant, Moore further establishes Derecktor as a U.S. leader in commercial hybrid vessel building. The shipyard, long known for innovation in construction of yachts, commercial and military craft, has a commitment to the development of sustainable solutions for marine transport.

“We’re very proud of these boats," said Derecktor President Paul Derecktor at the launching. “For over 70 years we have been part of the maritime community, and playing a part in protecting the Long Island Sound and New York Harbor environments is very satisfying. It’s also been a pleasure working with Harbor Harvest, a company that is pioneering the rebirth of clean marine transportation."

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