On October 18th the "Champion was put into service supporting the MassDOT MBTA's commuter boat service between the communities of Hull, Hingham, and Logan Airport in East Boston and Long Wharf in Boston. This 150 person ferry, built by Gladding-Hearn, will be followed by it's sistership "Glory" which is expected to delivered in the next several months. Gladding-Hearn also constructed the MBTA's current ferries, the "Lightning" and "Flying Cloud" put into service in 1996 and are a leader in constructing comfortable, fast ferries known for their speed and reliability.
WheelHouse is being implemented for these new vessels and have had the "Lighting" & "Flying Cloud" under our stewardship since 2008. The inclusion of the WheelHouse Maintenance Management Program satisfies the Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) recommendations for asset management plans. For more information on the Champion and the MBTA, please review the MBTA press release.