A grant of $2,340,000, from the US federal Department of Transportation’s Ferry Boat Discretionary Program, will pay to convert one Staten Island ferryboat from the use of ultra-low diesel fuel to clean-burning liquefied natural gas (LNG), reports LNG World News. The ferry service, now more than 100 years old, carries thousands of people across the Hudson River each day. The pilot program is designed to cut fuel costs for the ferry by nearly half, reduce harmful emissions by approximately 25% and take advantage of price-stable domestic natural gas supply.
“Converting the Staten Island Ferry to liquefied natural gas is a win-win-win: It will reduce our dependence on foreign oil, lower operating costs and help the environment,” said U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer. “This pilot program is a big boost for Staten Island commuters, who will ride a more efficient, cleaner ferry service.”
The Staten Island Ferry provides 21 million people a year (65,000 passengers a day not including weekend days) with ferry service between St. George on Staten Island and Whitehall Street in lower Manhattan. The ferry is the only non-vehicular mode of transportation between Staten Island and Manhattan. Operated by the NYC Department of Transportation, the fleet requires constant refuelling and maintenance to meet its heavy workload.