Today’s award goes to the Staten Island Ferry for their brand new $100 million white elephant, currently moored at Staten Island.
The dazzling new $100 million Staten Island Ferry boat named after a local war hero and christened by Mayor Bill de Blasio with much fanfare two weeks ago has been grounded — because the city hasn’t trained ferry workers how to operate it.
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The Ollis boat — the first new vessel in the fleet in 16 years — was christened with much fanfare by the mayor, Staten Island elected officials and the soldier’s family on Oct. 4.
But the Post Wednesday morning found the SSG Michael H. Ollis — part of a $309 million fleet of three new boats — docked and dormant.
“I can’t imagine that the Ollis ferry will be put into service until next year. We have not seen a training plan,” Roland Rexha, secretary treasurer of the Marine Engineers and Beneficial Association, the union representing the captains and engineers who navigate the ferry.
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As things currently stand, there’s not enough ferry staffers to do both the training and keep the current boats running at the same time, Rexha claimed.
There’s more at the link.
Oh, well . . . what’s a $100 million ferry between friends? It’s only taxpayers’ and commuters’ money, after all!
I wonder what the daily mooring charge is at Staten Island, and how much per day in lost revenue and upkeep costs the idle ship represents? I have a feeling those figures might be impressive.