VIGOR, US Fab Deliver Ferry to WSF

press release
Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Receive Green Light to Begin Building Another. Shipbuilding to Generate More Than 500 Jobs at Two Dozen State Firms.


One completed, one to begin. Even as VIGOR Industrial this week delivered the final new 64-car ferry to Washington State Ferries, the company’s US Fab shipbuilding division received a green light from the state to begin constructing the system’s next vessel. On Monday, the companies delivered the state’s newest ferry, Kennewick, to WSF, three months ahead of schedule.

 
Separately, the state today authorized the shipbuilder to begin constructing Washington’s next new ferry, a 144-car vessel designed to provide maximum capacity in the system’s Pacific Northwest waters. Today’s “notice of award” allows US Fab to begin production after it finalizes its contracts and begins to order steel and other materials.  The ferry construction will generate more than 500 jobs around Puget Sound, with more than half of the work and materials expected to come from two dozen regional subcontractors and vendors.


“These are two great steps for the people who ride and rely on Washington State ferries as well as for those of us who build these ships,” said Kevin Quigley, president of VIGOR’s US Fab division.  “Tens of thousands of people will ride the Kennewick and then the new 144-car ferry every month.  And hundreds of Washington workers will have jobs building and outfitting the new boat in our shipyards and with our subcontractors and suppliers throughout the region.”
The just-completed ferry and the just-approved one are both major milestones for Washington’s vessel replacement program.
 

“We’re elated that our partners at Vigor shipyards delivered the Kennewick three months ahead of schedule – that means our customers will get to enjoy a new vessel even sooner than we’d planned,” said David Moseley, Assistant Secretary of Transportation and WSF director. “And I am thrilled that we are moving forward with the 144-car ferry program. This vessel will allow us to retire the 55-year old ferry Evergreen State and provide more reliable service to our customers.”
 

The final negotiated price of $115.4 million includes more than $6 million cut from the company’s initial contract submission. VIGOR, US Fab and WSF worked closely together to eliminate non-essential items while maintaining safety, performance and passenger conveniences.  Savings include the use of some new materials and improved methods for building mechanical systems, as well as improved construction scheduling, more efficient training, stricter quality assurance and new contract management approaches that VIGOR and its team learned from building the 64-car ferries. 
 

The new ferry will cost $400,000 less per car-slot than the initial 64-car Kwa-di Tabil class vessel. Construction will generate an estimated 200 family-wage jobs at VIGOR’s large Harbor Island facility, which the company acquired when it purchased Todd Pacific Shipyards in February.  The work also will provide an additional 350 jobs at subcontractors, vendors and other shipyards in the region and will support thousands of additional indirect jobs.
 

“Industrial jobs really matter in this state,” said Frank Foti, VIGOR president and chief executive officer. “With this ferry, we’re expanding the proud, hundred-year legacy of shipbuilding at Harbor Island.  We’re continuing the successful model of teaming with other shipyards around the state, as we did with Kennewick and its two sister ships.  And we’ll be building the newest ferry that passengers, Washington State Ferries, the Legislature and the Governor all determined is very much needed.”


Today’s notice of award is the next step in a contract initially adopted by the state in December 2007 with funding overwhelmingly approved by the legislature and governor this spring. “We’re ready to get underway,” Quigley said. “We believe our subcontractors share our commitment to building the vessel the Legislature and WSF want at the lowest possible cost, delivering the best value possible to the state and the ferry passengers.” The 144-car ferry will be the ninth built at Harbor Island when it joins Kennewick and 22 other vessels in the WSF fleet. The system is the largest ferry operation in the United States and the fourth largest in the world. The shipbuilders expect to start “cutting steel” in early 2012; final construction will last up to 27 months. 

Maritime Reporter March 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Golden Ocean and Knightsbridge Complete Merger

The merger between Knightsbridge Shipping Limited and Golden Ocean Group Limited was approved today at special meetings of both companies' shareholders.      The new company,

Panama Canal Sets Sight on Another Expansion

As it enters the final stretch of a massive expansion, the Panama Canal Authority is setting its sights on an even more ambitious project worth up to $17 billion

Long Beach, LA Collaborate to Improve Cargo Flow

Executives from the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles held a kickoff meeting earlier this week to begin working together to focus on cargo conveyance strategies

Contracts

'Run to Remember' by USCG Foundation

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of Coast Guard members and their families, announced this year’s

IMTRA Announces Exclusive Sola-Cure Distributor Partnership

IMTRA announced today through its exclusive North American distributorship of Sola-Cure shades — its line of customizable, high-quality and comprehensive solutions

Swiber Gains $405.6 mi Contracts

Business momentum is fast picking up at Swiber Holdings Limited despite the downturn in the oil and gas industry as the Group clinches a total of US$405.6 million for a series of contracts,

Shipbuilding

Golden Ocean and Knightsbridge Complete Merger

The merger between Knightsbridge Shipping Limited and Golden Ocean Group Limited was approved today at special meetings of both companies' shareholders.      The new company,

Boat of the Month: Moore Shallow Shuttle 23

Moore Boat LLC recently delivered the first of three all new aluminum Moore Shallow Shuttle 23 RIB’s to Seacrets, Jamaica USA after the vessel’s successful completion of various sea trials and the U.

Maersk Line Orders Seven Containerships from China

Danish shipping firm Maersk Line has signed an order for seven container vessels from COSCO Shipyard in China as the first step in a $15 billion investment programme over five years.

Finance

Golden Ocean and Knightsbridge Complete Merger

The merger between Knightsbridge Shipping Limited and Golden Ocean Group Limited was approved today at special meetings of both companies' shareholders.      The new company,

Panama Canal Sets Sight on Another Expansion

As it enters the final stretch of a massive expansion, the Panama Canal Authority is setting its sights on an even more ambitious project worth up to $17 billion

Baltic Sea Freight Index Flat on Muted Vessel Activity

The Baltic Exchange's main sea freight index, which tracks rates for ships carrying dry bulk commodities, remained steady on Thursday due to a muted vessel activity.

Passenger Vessels

US Cruise Industry Preparing for Cuba

U.S. cruise lines are preparing to enter uncharted waters -- Cuban waters.   Although U.S. tourists are still technically banned from visiting the Caribbean country,

India to Promote Indian Ocean Rim and Coastal Tourism

The government of India will focus more on promoting the coastal tourism circuit and Indian Ocean Rim (IOR) tourism.   Dr Mahesh Sharma, India’s Minister of Tourism,

Cruise Industry Seeks Fortune in China

Builders, Operators Teaming to Fill Voids In Rapidly Growing Chinese Market After an uneven couple of years punctuated by struggling economic factors worldwide,

Naval Architecture

Wärtsilä's' New Plant in Brazil

Following an investment of 20 million euros, Wärtsilä's' new unit will produce and test motor generators and thrusters   Wärtsilä's first unit at Porto do Açu in São João da Barra (RJ),

Icebreaker Murmansk Launched at Arctech Helsinki Shipyard

The 16 MW Icebreaker for the Russian Ministry of Transport was launched at Arctech Helsinki Shipyard on March 25th, 2015. Before floating the vessel, she was

ASV Wins Maritime Autonomy R&D Funding

ASV Ltd, in partnership with nine other commercial and research organisations, have been awarded funding by Innovate UK to undertake in excess of £3million worth

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Salvage Ship Simulators Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.3956 sec (3 req/sec)