On June 28, 2007 the National Park Service announced that Statue Cruises LLC, an affiliate of Hornblower Yachts Inc., would operate as the official ferry boat service to the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island. On January 1, 2008, Statue Cruises began operation of ferries to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The official authorized ferry boat tour operator provides transportation to Liberty and Ellis Island from The Battery in New York and Liberty State Park in New Jersey.