Published on December 17th, 2008 | by Ariel Schwartz5
First US Hybrid Ferry to Take Tourists to Alcatraz
December 17th, 2008 by Ariel Schwartz
Alcatraz Island, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the US, will soon have visitors arriving on a hybrid ferryboat. The Hornblower Hybrid will be powered by two ten-foot-tall wind turbines and a photovoltaic solar array covering the awning’s top deck. The solar and wind energy will be used for the boat’s navigation tools, lighting, and other electronic devices.
In addition to alternative energy sources, the Hornblower Hybrid will also feature clean, fuel-efficient marine diesel engines.
Of course, the vessel isn’t much more than a publicity stunt if riders aren’t given information about its energy use. Let’s hope that Alcatraz Cruises takes the time to educate the school groups and visitors from around the world that take trips to Alcatraz every day.