TAI 168′ 36 Cars and 168 Passenger Ferry for Lake Erie

Carmen Lee

Key Features

  • Length, Overall: 168ft
  • Beam: 45ft
  • Depth: 9.3ft
  • Draft: 6 ft
  • Holds 149 passengers and 36 trucks and automobiles
  • Four Caterpillar C18 Engines 470 BHP
  • Two Onan 40 kW marine gensets


Designed by TAI Engineers, LLC and built in Houma, La. by Thoma-Sea Marine Constructors, LLC (TMC), the new ferry Carmen Lee is the largest of five vessels in the Kelleys Island Ferry Boat Line.  The double-ended ferry is designed to operate on lakes, bays, and sounds. The vessel has a steel hull and deckhouse design and is compliant with USCG 46 CFR Subchapter T regulations. This quad azimuthing drive ferry is equipped with four Caterpillar C18 propulsion engines 470 BHP at 1,800 RM, each driving Schottel SRP 150FP Z-drives using Twin Disc HPTO hydraulic clutches. This allows precision maneuvering in challenging Lake Erie approaches during harsh weather and provides propulsion redundancy.


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