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 New York Ferry Company Upgrades Vessel – Improves Air Quality for Customers

Emission Reduction Project helps reduce diesel emissions

The Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Steamboat Company (BPJ), a locally owned and operated ferry company, recently replaced the engines and generators on the M/V Park City with state-of-the-art engines that meet EPA’s most stringent existing emission limits. This project has resulted in a 40 – 55% reduction in diesel emissions and has also achieved substantial fuel consumption savings. By reducing both diesel emissions and fuel consumption, BPJ is making a significant contribution towards improved air quality in and around local marinas and in the Long Island Sound in general.

This project replaced the main and auxiliary engines on the Park City with brand new EPA certified Tier 2 engines. The new electronically controlled main engines burn approximately 14% less fuel than the old engines, while the new generator engines consume 10% less. Lower costs due to fuel savings will allow the company to increase the frequency of service offered during the upcoming peak summer season and beyond. Additionally, the M/V Park City has achieved slightly higher cruising speeds further enhancing the company’s commitment to on time performance.

The Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Steamboat Company made a significant investment in the Park City by providing 58% of the funding necessary to purchase and install the engines with the balance provided by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as part of a program designed to achieve air quality emission reductions in EPA’s New York–Northern New Jersey–Long Island air quality nonattainment area.

Bridgeport and Port Jefferson Steamboat Company founded in 1883, is one of the oldest and largest privately owned ferry companies in the United States. BPJ is a subsidiary of McAllister Towing and Transportation, Co. Inc. BPJ carries approximately 500,000 cars and 1,000,000 passengers across Long Island Sound annually. BPJ designed and built its existing fleet of ferries as well as performed the Park City engine upgrades. BPJ believes in providing its customers with the safest and most reliable transportation possible. With their newly repowered ferry, they are helping to keep that practice going.

Information regarding ferry service for vehicles and passengers between Bridgeport CT and Port Jefferson NY and on line vehicle reservations may be found at http://www.88844ferry.com or call (888) 44-FERRY.