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Nichols Brothers to Build Second WSF 144-Car Ferry

144-Car Washington State Ferry.

US Fab Contracts Nichols Brothers Boat Builders to build the second 144-Car Washington State Ferry Superstructure. At their Seattle facility, US Fab, a subsidiary company of Vigor Industrial will partner once again with Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of Freeland, Washington to build the second 144-Car Washington State Ferry. The Vessel is the second to be built in the Olympic Class for Washington State Department of Transportation Ferries division. Construction of the first vessel is currently underway at both US Fab and Nichols Brothers facilities. Construction of the Superstructure will commence in December 2012 following the delivery of the first structure to US Fab. Nichols Brothers will be responsible for fabrication of the superstructure to include the Grand Block consisting of all structure above the lower vehicle deck, including the ramps to the upper vehicle deck, and outfitting of each pilot house. Nichols Brothers will deliver the Grand Block on a barge to US Fab for final assembly in November 2013.   The vessel is a double ended passenger automobile ferry for 1,500 passengers and 144 vehicles. The vessel characteristics are as follows:   Length Overall 362’- 3” Length Waterline 335’ – 0” Beam Molded 83’ – 2” Depth Molded, Main Deck 24’-6” Design Draft 16’-5” Propulsion Plant 3000 BHP x 2

AMCV Awards Columbia Queen Contract

American Classic Voyages (AMCV), granted a $6.4 million contract for construction completion and outfitting on Columbia Queen to Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of Whidbey Island, Wash. The 161-passenger U.S.-flag riverboat, which will be readied by Nichols for service on the Columbia River system, will be operated under The Delta Queen Steamboat brand. Offering Pacific Northwest cruises beginning in April 2000, Columbia Queen will travel the Columbia

Nichols Brothers Introduces Its Biggest Passenger Catamaran Ever

Nichols Brothers, based in Whidbey Island, Wash., recently delivered a 144 ft., 450-capacity passenger catamaran for Catalina Cruises, dubbed Catalina Jet. The vessel, which is the largest passenger catamaran to be constructed by Nichols, will run between Long Beach and Catalina Island at a speed of 36 knots.Employing four Caterpillar electronically controlled 1,950-hp diesel engines, to power Ulstein Bird Johnson waterjets

Empress of the North Scheduled for Completion in May 2003

American West Steamboat Company has begun construction of a second sternwheeler cruise ship, the Empress of the North, scheduled for completion in May 2003. The Empress of the North is being built by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders in Freeland, Wash., where her sister ship, the sternwheeler Queen of the West, was completed in 1995. Designed in Seattle by naval architects, Guido Perla & Associates, the Empress of the North will be 360 ft. long and accommodate 236 passengers and 84 crew

Largest Passenger Catamaran from Nichols

The largest passenger catamaran to be completed by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders - at 144 ft. in length and with a 450-passenger capacity - was delivered to Catalina Cruises. The four-engine, 36 knot vessel is planned for service between Long Beach, Calif. and Catalina Island. Catalina Jet employs four Caterpillar 3512B, electronically controlled, 1,950-hp diesel engines to power MJP J550 DD waterjets supplied by Ulstein Bird Johnson

Nichols Brothers Boat Builders Looks at Expanding

According to a report from the South Whidbey Record, Nichols Brothers Boat Builders is looking at expanding its operations into Oak Harbor, Wash. in order to have a larger role in building ferries for Washington state.   Source: South Whidbey Record

Bollinger Announces Consortium for Future Building Opportunities

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. announced at the International Workboat Show in New Orleans that an agreement was reached to form an international consortium to respond to a Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition program for the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV). The JHSV program brings together Navy, Army, Marines, and SOCOM to pursue a multi-use platform. The JHSV is a new generation, multi-use platform capable of transporting troops and their equipment, supporting humanitarian relief efforts

Navy to Christen Experimental (X-Craft) Sea Fighter

(Pictured is the Littoral Surface Craft – Experimental, "X-Craft," will be christened SEA FIGHTER (FSF-1) on 5 February 2005. The ceremony will take place at the Nichols Brothers Boatyard on Whidbey Island, Washington.) The Navy will christen the experimental X-Craft "Sea Fighter" and designate it as the first Fast Sea Frame, Saturday, Feb. 5, during a noon PST ceremony at Nichols Bros. Boat Builders, Whidbey Island, Wash.

Fourth High-Speed Environmentally Friendly Ferry

Photo courtesy Kvichak Marine

Kvichak Marine Industries and Nichols Brothers Boat Builders recently delivered M/V Taurus, their fourth high-speed, environmentally friendly ferry to the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) located in San Francisco. WETA mandated that their new passenger ferries integrate as much green technology as possible and that emissions be 85% cleaner than the current EPA emission standards for Tier II (2007) marine engines

New Ferry Built for Washington, Oregon

Oscar B (Photo courtesy of EBDG)

New larger ferry Oscar B will replace the Wahkiakumon on Washington-Oregon route   Construction of the steel-hulled, aluminum superstructure ferry M/V Oscar B has been completed for Wahkiakum County as a replacement for the existing ferry, Wahkiakum.     The Oscar B, designed by Seattle's Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) and built by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, is a 115 ft. x 47.6 ft., 23‐Car, 100 passenger ferry named after the late Oscar Bergseng who skippered the

NBBB Uses New System to Launch Tug for Kirby

(Photo: Nichols Brothers Boat Builders)

A newly built articulated tug barge (ATB) unit tugboat, was launched for Kirby Offshore Marine on Wednesday, September 2.   The new vessel, the 136’ x 44’ x 19’ Nancy Peterkin, is the first of two sister vessels built for Kirby by Ice Floe

Kirby Orders 2 More Workboats from NBBB

Ice Floe, LLC dba Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) informs it has received orders for the construction of two new 120’ x 35’ x 19’-3” Twin Screw Tugboats for Kirby Offshore Marine, LLC.    Keels will be laid for both vessels this fall

Jensen Maritime to Design Two 120' Tugboats

Image: Jensen Maritime

Jensen Maritime, Crowley Maritime Corp.’s Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering company, was recently selected to provide the ABS Class and functional designs for two, new 120-foot twin screw tugboats for Ice Flow, LLC dba Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) and Kirby

BMT Performs Production Engineering for ATB Tug

Photo: BMT Nigel Gee

Independent naval architecture and marine engineering design consultancy BMT Nigel Gee (BMT) said it has completed detailed production engineering for the Nancy Peterkin, an articulated tug barge (ATB) tugboat, built by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) and destined for Kirby Offshore Marine.

Nichols Brothers to Build Arctic Landing Craft

Photo: Nichols Brothers Boat Builders

Bowhead Transport, LLC has recently awarded Nichols Brothers Boat Builders a contract to construct a new 150 by 50’ Landing Craft. The landing craft will operate in Arctic coastal villages of the North Slope Borough of Alaska and between the Pacific and Arctic oceans.

State leaders christen first Olympic-class ferry at Vigor

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State elected, transportation and manufacturing leaders were on hand today to celebrate the christening of the state’s first 144-car Olympic Class ferry, the M/V Tokitae, at Vigor Industrial’s shipyard in Seattle. Lynn Peterson, Washington’s Secretary of Transportation

Bay Delta Equips New Tug with Markey Winches

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San Francisco headquartered Bay Delta Maritime commissioned a sixth Delta Class Tug with Nichols Brothers Boat Builders out of Whidbey Island Washington. The Jensen designed M/V Delta Audrey, is a 100’x40’ z-drive tractor tug that is set to be delivered in June

Ferry Return Adds to SF Bay Passenger Capacity

MV Bay Breeze: Photo SF Bay Ferry

SF Bay Ferry says that its passenger loads increased significantly in 2013 and continue to increase in 2014. The refurbished 250 passenger Bay Breeze will bring needed additional carrying capacity to San Francisco Bay Ferry’s Harbor Bay/San Francisco service thereby relieving occasional

Higgins Named CEO of Nichols Brothers Boat Builders

Gavin Higgins (Photo: NBBB)

Gavin Higgins has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Ice Floe LLC dba Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB), the company announced today.   Effective immediately, Higgins replaces Matt Nichols, one of the company’s founders who has served as CEO of NBBB since February 2012

Nichols Brothers to Build Washington Ferry Superstructure

Washington State 144-car ferry Superstructure Chimacum to be built at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders    Ice Floe, LLC dba Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) has been contracted by Vigor Industrial to construct the superstructure portion of the third Olympic Class 144-Car Washington

Nichols Brothers to Build Vessel for American Samoa

Image: Nichols Brothers Boat Builders

Ice Floe, LLC dba Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) has been contracted by the Government of American Samoa to build a multipurpose vessel to operate in the warm waters of the South Pacific primarily between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands

Marine Transmission Built Arctic Circle Tough

Photo courtesy of Twin Disc

Bowhead Transport's newest addition to its fleet, M/V Unalaq, will service the Alaskan coast, north into the Beaufort Sea. Utilizing Twin Disc's MGX-5135 SC marine transmissions and EC300 Power Commander controls, the shallow-draft landing craft will bring much-needed supplies to this remote area

Kvichak Wins Contract to Build Two Ferries

Image courtesy of Incat Crowther

Kvichak Marine Industries, a Vigor Industrial Company, was awarded a contract by the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA), San Francisco, Calif. for the design and construction of two all-aluminum 400 passenger-only ferries.  

Vane Brothers Welcomes Latest Tug Newbuild

Kings Point (Photo courtesy of Vane Brothers)

The Vane Brothers Company, a marine transportation provider headquartered in Baltimore, has taken delivery of Kings Point, the latest in a wave of Maryland-built tugboats.   Constructed under the supervision of Vane Senior Port Captain Jim Demske

Incat Crowther Designing San Francisco Ferries

400-pax ferries for San Francisco.

  Incat Crowther is designing a pair of 41m catamaran passenger ferries for WETA of San Francisco. The design of the vessels, which will be built by Kvichak Marine Industries, showcase Incat Crowther’s ability to analyze, dissect and meet a set of requirements.

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