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In 2014, Seastreak worked with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to repower a Seastreak ferry to reduce emissions from ferry operation. The repower replaced four Tier 1 engines on the ferry with two Tier 3 engines. It also replaced four gearboxes with two propulsion gearboxes, and four jetdrive propulsion thrusters with two new thrusters properly sized to the new engines.
Total Project Cost: $3.472 million
Project Funding: NJ DEP received $1.382 million in US EPA Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grant funding for the repower, and Seastreak provided $2.09 million as part of a mandatory cost share.
Emissions Impact: The new engines will reduce 5.78 tons of PM2.5, 132 tons of NOx, and 821 tons of CO2 annually. As a result of the repower, the ferry experiences quieter operation, a 30% reduction in fuel costs, and increased seating capacity.