Construction of high speed aluminum passenger ferry

  • Customer: Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry

  • Location: For operation in the Straits of Mackinac, Michigan

  • Duration: December 2014 – September 2015

  • Cost: $3.8 million

  • Dimensions: Length: 85ft Breadth: 22ft Depth: 9ft

  • Weight: 68 tons

  • Material: Aluminum

  • Engines: Three 2000 hp

  • Capacity: 281 Passengers

  • Operating Speed: 40 mph

  • Other: Classed USCG - Title 46 CFR Chapter I Subchapter K: Small Passenger Vessels Carrying More Than 150 Passengers

Moran Iron Works was awarded the contract to construct a high speed aluminum passenger vessel to operate in the Straits of Mackinac. The MISS MARGY is a K Class passenger vessel built in accordance with U.S. Coast Guard regulations. Moran worked with SeaCraft Design, a naval architecture and design firm based in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, for the vessel design.

The vessel was launched at Port Calcite in late May 2015. It was taken to its homeport in Mackinaw City where final cosmetic touches have been applied. The vessel was christened in July 2015 and underwent final sea trials prior to its formal addition to the fleet in late September 2015.