A HISTORIC VESSEL.
The Gee’s Bend ferry operates on the Alabama River between Camden and Boykin, Alabama. Breakdowns of its diesel engines were impacting service reliability, and in early 2016 under contract from HMS Ferries, Glosten completed a feasibility study for converting the ferry to 100% battery-electric propulsion. The results of the study showed a significant savings in operating costs and significant reduction in emissions. HMS, which operates the vessel under contract to Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT), received approval from ALDOT to pursue a federal grant to make the project a reality. Glosten and HMS assisted ALDOT in their successful bid for the EPA grant, which was awarded mid-2016.