The T.S. Empire State is a steam powered, and registered as a passenger ship. However she only steams once a year for summer sea term for New York Maritime, and her compliment is mostly cadets, but she does carry any individuals that wish to volunteer to teach or work while onboard. She has two Foster Wheeler D-type steam boilers that powers a Newport News geared steam turbine for main propulsion, along with two general electric steam turbo generators for electric.