M/V STAFF SGT. MICHAEL OLLIS is the first-in-class of three new ferry vessels being built for the Staten Island Ferry system in New York City. After a series of delays, the vessel is going through its final checks before making her way up the east coast and entering service.
The vessel is being built by Eastern Shipbuilding in Florida. While she was initially scheduled for delivery in 2019, her build was delayed due to Hurricane Michael in October 2018.
The three Ollis-class ferries were designed by Elliot Bay Design Group and will be able to carry 4,500 passengers. The ferry’s namesake, Staff Sgt. Michael H. Ollis, was a Staten Island native who was killed in Afghanistan in 2013 during Operation Enduring Freedom. The second hull in the Ollis-class series has already been launched at Eastern Shipbuilding.
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