Date: Aug 13, 2002
Press Release Number: 1-2002
WEEHAWKEN, NJ, August 13, 2002 – Mrs. Linda Morrone and her children joined New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey, Port Authority Executive Director Joseph J. Seymour, NY Waterway President Arthur E. Imperatore, Jr., and Port Authority Police Superintendent Charles D. De Rienzo today to christen The Fred V. Morrone, high-speed ferry honoring the 37 Port Authority police officers who died September 11 at the World Trade Center.
Morrone, the Superintendent of Police for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, left his headquarters in Jersey City on the morning of September 11 and rushed to the World Trade Center to take command of the rescue operation. He and 36 other Port Authority police officers died that day.
As Gov. McGreevey, police officers and family watched, Mrs. Morrone and her children smashed the traditional bottle over the new boat at the Port Imperial Ferry Terminal in Weehawken.
“Superintendent Fred Morrone and the 36 Port Authority police officers who lost their lives on September 11th gave the world a vision of valor and selflessness that is the best face of America,” said Gov. McGreevey. “At the moment of supreme national horror, we were fortunate to have a remarkable group of heroes ready to set aside their own personal safety and grief for their fallen members. Their camaraderie and sacrifice will continue to speak volumes, demonstrating that our police, firefighters and emergency workers are a breed apart from the rest of us.
“Fred V. Morrone and the 36 other Port Authority police officers are our guardian angels, watching over this ferry an the thousands of people she serves for generations to come,” Imperatore said. “Their children and their children’s children will see this boat relentlessly and reliably plying our rivers and harbors every day and will remember the brave men and women who conquered unspeakable evil in the hour of our greatest need.”
“It is fitting that a ferry which serves the public honors those who made the ultimate sacrifice in public service on 9/11. Fred loved being out on the water. He wanted to live on the water. In t his ferry, a part of his spirit will live on the water, moving past the New York skyline he loved so much, for years to come,” Mrs. Morrone said.
“Superintendent Morrone and his fellow officers bravely accepted the responsibility that comes with being a member of the Port Authority Police Department,” Superintendent De Rienzo said. “We also owe a debt of thanks to Superintendent Morrone for his decades of service to the people of New Jersey and New York, and for his vision as Superintendent of the Port Authority Police Department. Under his leadership, the Port Authority Police significantly improved security and expanded training, enhancing the professionalism of one of the world’s finest police forces.”
Built by Allen Marine, Inc., of Sitka, Alaska, The Fred V. Morrone is a “Sea Otter” class ferry, which carries 97 passengers at more than 30 knots, approximately 35 mph. It is a single hull boat with the bow-loading feature, powered by three Caterpillar 3406 clean-burning electronic engines, generating 600 hp each. The engines drive three Hamilton water jets. The hull design minimizes the vessels’ wakes.
The Fred V. Morrone and other Otter class ferries will be used on NY Waterway’s new East River commuter service, carrying passengers from Hunterspoint in Queens to Pier 11 at the foot of Wall Street in eight minutes
On September 11, 24 NY Waterway ferries evacuated more than 160,000 people from Manhattan.
NY Waterway now owns 33 ferries and charters 13 additional boats. Average daily ridership increased from 34,000 passenger trips per day before September 11 to 65,000 passenger trips today. The fleet includes five other Sea Otter-class ferries;
The Austin Tobin – for the Port Authority executive director who oversaw construction of the World Trade Center;
The Moira Smith – for the 23 New York police officers who died September 11;
The Father Mychal Judge – for the Fire Department Chaplain and 342 firefighters;
The Douglas B. Gurian – for all the NY Waterway commuters who never came home;
The Enduring Freedom