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.
The new vessels will replace two of WETA’s 12-vessel fleet that are approaching the end of their expected life.
Designed by Incat Crowther, Australia, the 135’ x 38’ all-aluminum catamarans will feature MTU 12V4000 M64+ EPA Tier III engines rated 1,950 BHP at 1,830 RPM coupled with ZF7600 reduction gears as the propulsion system. An exhaust after treatment system will also be included.
Kvichak awarded Nichols Brothers Boat Builders the subcontract to provide the bolt-on superstructure for the project. From 2007 to 2010, the two companies collaborated on the delivery of four 118’ environmentally friendly ferries to WETA which are currently in service in the San Francisco Bay area.
The vessels will be the 700th and 701st vessels built by Kvichak and are anticipated to be in service the summer of 2017.
Additional vessel features include:
•Length (overall): 135’
•Draft (max): 6.75’
•MTU 12V4000 M64+ diesel engines
•Speed: 27 knots
•Exhaust After Treatment System