If you’ve ever been on a cruise ship before, you know how easy it can be to forget that you are floating in the middle of the ocean. In fact, with all of the luxuries fit onto the ocean liner, you might even think you’re in a fancy hotel that rocks a little bit now and then. There are restaurants, dance clubs and usually an entire casino packed onto these boats. Obviously, these boats have to have elevators to be up-to-date with handicapped accessibility regulations.
This goes double for ferries that act as public transit for citizens to get from one side of rivers to the other. In a lot of cases, these ferries serve a greater purpose – they can seriously speed up travel time. Sometimes these boats need to be refitted to work within current regulations, which is the case with the Park City ferryboat in CT. According to the Connecticut Post:
“The Park City is the oldest of the three ferries the company operates. Constructed in 1986 in Palatka, Fla., it’s now at the Thames Shipyard and Repair Co. for what’s described as a major $2 million refit. The most important phase of the project is the installation of a second elevator, which is being welded in place near the stern to put the boat in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.”
The article says that even though the boat was fitted with an elevator in the mid-1980s, when the boat was initially constructed. Although this elevator has served its purpose, the new installation of a second custom lift will bring the boat into compliance with current regulations. Each custom elevator will have its own purpose:
“…the old elevator will be used only for freight. Unlike the old one, the larger new elevator will access all three decks, including the sun deck up top.”