EMBARK successfully arranged a contract amendment with long-time partner Hornblower Marine Services (HMS), to restore partial operations of Oklahoma River Cruises through a public-private partnership.
Owned and managed by the Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority (COTPA)/EMBARK, ferry operations and maintenance of the cruisers have been contracted to HMS since the fall of 2007.
The long-standing relationship proved advantageous, as an agreement was reached, providing that HMS lease the boats to run river tours, cocktail cruises, and private charters.
“With transit, resiliency and dependability is key, regardless of the mode,” said Jason Ferbrache, EMBARK Administrator. “HMS has provided that dependability for Oklahoma River Cruises for over ten years and now with the furtherance of the public-private partnership will demonstrate resiliency with a return to service.
HMS CEO Matt Miller says the strong partnership between EMBARK and HMS created an opportunity for the continuation