New York State Parks and New York Power Authority collaborated with the Maid of the Mist operators and ABB, to make the electrification of the boats a reality.
NYPA is providing clean, renewable hydropower for the operation of the vessels and has provided technical support on the electrification process. NYPA is going to also provide ongoing monitoring of electricity usage for the boats to ensure they are being energy efficient and cost effective.
The new vessels are powered by high-capacity battery packs. In addition to batteries, ABB has supplied an integrated power and propulsion solution, including an onshore charging system, enabling sustainable operation with maximum reliability.
In addition, during the COVID-19 global health crisis, the Maid of the Mist has implemented a number of operational changes to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience, including:
- Limiting occupancy in all boats and elevators at 50% capacity;
- Placing physical distancing markers throughout the facility and boats as a reminder to maintain social distance;
- Placing directional arrows and signage to remind visitors to maintain social distancing while guiding them in a way that minimizes contact with others;
- Requiring all visitors to wear a face covering as a condition of admission; enhanced cleaning;
- Health screenings for all staff.
John R. Koelmel, Chair, New York Power Authority Board of Trustees, stated:
The new and quieter zero-carbon boats will not only be better for our environment, but they will also allow visitors to better hear the incredible roar of the Falls
What is more, Gil C. Quiniones, President and Chief Executive Officer at the New York Power Authority, added that in order for us to meet the New York Governor’s target of a 85% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, bold actions are necessary. The electrification of these two brand-new tour boats, says Mr. Quiniones sets the example.