One of the most iconic US tourist hotspots is set to get an eco-friendly update.
Niagara Falls is preparing to replace their current Maid of the Mist boat with the launch of the first two all-electric, zero-emission passenger vessels constructed in the United States.
The Maid of the Mist ferries over 1.6 million international tourists up to the falls every year. The two new fully-electric vessels will continue taking tourists to the heart of the Niagara Falls, undisturbed by engine noise or exhaust fumes.
Batteries will be recharged for seven minutes after each trip to 80% capacity, allowing for maximum efficiency and battery life.
“It makes perfect sense for Maid of the Mist to be a world leader with the implementation of this green technology,” said Maid of the Mist President Christopher M. Glynn. “The new vessels will carry our guests to the base of Niagara Falls, one of the world’s largest sources of clean hydroelectric power.”
The new integrated vessels are currently under construction by Burger Boat Company in Wisconsin. In mid-May, the boats will be transported to Niagara Falls and lowered onto the Maid of the Mist dry dock and maintenance facility for assembly. Following completion of construction, launch and certification, the new vessels will be placed into service in mid-September.
Maid of the Mist VI (1990) and Maid of the Mist VII (1997), will be removed from service when the new vessels begin operating.
“The Maid of the Mist has offered tours of the world-famous Niagara Falls waterfalls and of the Niagara River Gorge for more than a century, and are a signature tourism attraction of Western New York,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo during the unveiling ceremony for the initiative. “The new zero-emission boats will continue that proud tradition while continuing our efforts to make New York State a premier environmentally friendly tourism destination.”
New York State Parks Acting Commissioner Erik Kulleseid said, “The Maid of the Mist has been a tremendous partner at Niagara Falls State Park. These new vessels delivering a superior visitor experience while expanding the sustainable practices we need to adapt to protect the natural assets that draw visitors to Niagara Falls and parks across the state.”
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