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Ferry Involved in Crash Recently Underwent Major Renovations

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A commuter ferry involved in a crash Wednesday in Lower Manhattan recently underwent major renovations and had its high-speed, four-engine system replaced with a new propeller system that made the craft lighter and more fuel-efficient.

Changes to the Seastreak Wall Street were laid out in the August 2012 issue of the online shipping magazine Marinelog. The changes were considered suitable for the boat’s operating costs, ferry schedule, and age of the original system, which was installed in 2003, when it first launched. Investigators are looking into the crash at Pier 11 in Lower Manhattan, which took place around 8:45 a.m. Toxicology tests were also performed on the ship’s operators. Scores of people were injured in the crash, two of them critically, The Los Angeles Times reported.

When the new engine system was installed, it made the ship 15 metric tons lighter and the ship went through sea trials after the changes. The new system also slowed the ship’s speed by about three knots and also cut CO2 emissions by half. The crash left a large gash in the right front of the boat. At the time of impact, many passengers were sent flying down stairs or to the ground. One person was thrown through a glass door, according to The Los Angeles Times.

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