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Wesmar supplies bow thruster for Georgia ferry

Wesmar announced that Savannah, Ga.'s newest passenger ferry will use its model V2 18-inch stainless steel dual-prop, counter-rotating bow thruster for docking and positioning.

Wesmar hydraulics will power the system.

Wesmar vice president Bob Sentz said the 67-foot T-Class ferry will be delivered in the fall and will carry as many as 150 passengers from downtown Savannah to the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center on Hutchinson Island.

The thrusters will be used to maneuver in crowded waters and to safely snug up close to the docks and hold tight to load and unload passengers.

The ferry, designed by the Jacksonville naval architectural firm DeJong & Lebet for the Chatham Area Transit Authority, was built by Custom Steel Boats Inc. of Merritt, Ga.

Andy Lebet, naval architect of record for the project, said in a statement that it has been shipyards such as Custom Steel Boats that have made Wesmar’s commercial thrusters a choice by naval architects.

“We’ve specified 20 to 30 Wesmars, mostly because that is what the boatyards are asking for, and we are absolutely satisfied with them. The dual-prop design with added thrust from counter rotation fits into a smaller tube without compromising the thrust, and we like that for the vessels we design.”

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