February 18, 2022
Ferry Facts: February Dry Docking
Cape Henlopen Ferry Vessel Arrives for Shipyard Work
This past week the M/V Cape Henlopen sailed up the Atlantic Coast for her latest visit to the shipyard in Staten Island. We took the opportunity to ask Port Engineer Jeff Robert a few questions about what might be different about this latest visit versus the MV/NJ dry docking in 2021 as well as previous Cape Henlopen drydockings earlier in the 2020s. Here's what we learned:
Q: How often do we expect a boat to need to go to the shipyard?
The US Coast Guard requires vessels to be dry docked twice in a five-year period with no more than three years between dry dockings. In 2019, most of the work done on the Cape Henlopen was top side steel replacement and painting. This visit is considered a USCG "credit" dry docking, which means that work done ensures the vessel is in compliance with required USCG scheduled inspections.
Q: Like the MV/NJ, is the Cape Henlopen likely to come home with a new galley and gift shop?
No, this shipyard stay is not lengthy enough to accomplish galley upgrades and is focused on mechanical system functions. The majority of the work is to meet requirements, but there will be some physical upgrades such as new carpeting and heating upgrades in the Pilot House, Chart Room, and crew room. Most of the work involves things like cleaning engine room bilges; cleaning, inspecting, and painting the keel area of void interiors; cleaning and inspecting fuel and water tanks; and removing main shafts and propellers to install refurbished ones. We hope to upgrade the MVCH galley spaces in a future dry-docking.
Q: How long will the Cape Henlopen be at the shipyard?
45 days She arrived on the morning of Feb. 10th and is expected back in early spring well in time for summer service.
Q: What is the anticipated cost?
Total estimated spend is $3 million.
Meet the Beach Lady. In honor of Black History month, we dedicate this week's Green News to the story of MaVynee Betsch. Her story was published in April 2021 in a children's book that honors her work in environmentalism and preserving American Beach in Florida. To read more about this amazing woman and other Black environmentalists who helped raise awareness of ecological issues, conservation, and environmental justice, check out this post from UrbanGreenLab.org: https://urbangreenlab.org/black-environmentalists/.