Alcatraz Cruises Celebrates 2nd Anniversary With Two Greenest Boats On The Bay
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Park Service ferry
Both vessels have state‐of‐the‐art Tier 2 Marine Diesel Engines, which are 80% more fuel efficient than standard marine engines. In addition, these vessels have selective catalytic reduction units, which use an organic compound to dissolve the emissions that do come from the engines. These two systems combined create an operating system that has 90% less emissions than most other vessels operating on the bay. Not only are the engines cleaner, but the vessels have recycled vinyl seat coverings, recycled carpeting and environmentally friendly paints used inside and out.
“We wanted to use our new boats as a demonstration of how environmentally conscious and innovative our partnership with the National Park Service is. We have worked together towards our vision of sustainability, and this is one more step toward that goal,” said Alcatraz Cruises General Manager Scott Thornton.
The vessels themselves are also recycled. The Clipper and Flyer were owned and operated by the previous concessioner of ferry service to Alcatraz Island, the Blue & Gold Fleet. Alcatraz Cruises took over the contract in September 2006. Alcatraz Cruises purchased both boats from Blue & Gold and completed a total refurbishment, including the new engine systems, new seating, major hull repair, new paint, new carpet, remodeled snack bar, renovated restrooms and the addition of fully accessible restrooms. Alcatraz Cruises chose to keep the names of the vessels in honor of the years of service both vessels provided in San Francisco Bay.
The Clipper and Flyer both have a capacity of 700 passengers, full snack bars with liquor licenses that allow them to sell beer and wine on the return trip, and high definition flat screen monitors to play interpretive content on the trip to and from the Island.
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