Imtra signs equipment deals for two ferry projects

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The Robert H. Dedman is one of six Texas Department of Transportation ferries for which Imtra is providing searchlights.

The Robert H. Dedman is one of six Texas Department of Transportation ferries for which Imtra is providing searchlights.

Marine product importer and manufacturer Imtra said it is supplying integral equipment to the Texas Department of Transportation as part of a ferry refit program and a new 150-foot fast ferry being built for Seastreak Ferries from Atlantic Highlands, N.J.

Imtra said the Texas agency has contracted with Southwest Shipyard, one of the largest shipyards on the Gulf Coast, to refurbish six ferries being deployed on the busy Port Aransas and Galveston-Port Bolivar routes.

The ferry routes operate every day of the year and transport more than 8 million passengers annually. The department selected the Colorlight CL25-11 high-output HMI searchlight from Imtra because of its focusable beam from 4 to 20 degrees, which allows the searchlight to be adjusted to a narrow beam for distance and wide spread for flood illumination, as well as the light’s continuous rotation on both axes and no hard stops.

Seastreak Ferries has commissioned a new 600-passenger high-speed luxury catamaran, the first in what will be known as its Commodore class. The new vessel was designed by Incat Crowther of Sydney, Australia, and is being constructed by Gulf Craft of Franklin, La.

Once launched, it will be the highest passenger-capacity Coast Guard K-class high-speed ferry in the United States. At 35 knots, the new ferry will provide service between Wall Street in New York and Monmouth County, N.J., in less than 40 minutes.

Imtra is supplying CLite2 searchlights, NorSap 1500 Helm chairs, LED lighting in all passenger areas, IS15 utility lights in the engine room and Ventura LED lights in the wheelhouse. Imtra also is providing Offshore series LED deck lights for external lighting applications.

“Our ferry clients must operate effectively and efficiently in some of the most demanding conditions in our country,” Alex Larsen, vice president of commercial sales for Imtra, said in a statement.

“Whether relying on our searchlights for safe passage at sea, LED deck lights for safe passenger embarkation or our interior LED lights for passenger comfort, the crew of these vessels need their equipment to function flawlessly. We are proud to be selected by the Texas Department of Transportation and Seastreak Ferries to fulfill their safety and aesthetic lighting requirements.”