New small Ro-Pax for Virginia DOT

VT Halter Marine has launched the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) newest ferry, the Powhatan.

In November 2016, VT Halter Marine was awarded the contract for the design, construction and delivery of the new 499-passenger/70-vehicle ferry that will replace the current vessel, the Virginia, which was built in 1936.  

Measuring 82 by 20 by 4.6 metres, the Powhatan is capable of holding up to 70 passenger vehicles, or 14 trucks/buses, and carrying up to 499 passengers, of which 150 can be accommodated in the passenger cabin on the upper deck.

The Powhatan is designed and certified according to ABS. She will be operated by the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry Service at Scotland Wharf in Surry County.  The Jamestown-Scotland Ferry System currently operates four ferries, including the Pocahontas, which was also designed and constructed by VT Halter Marine, and delivered in 1995.

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