Alaska Approves Vigor Purchase of Alaska Ship Leases
Alaska has approved Vigor Industrial’s bid to assume Alaska Ship & Drydock’s (ASD) private/public partnership leases to operate the Ketchikan Shipyard. The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority unanimously voted today in Anchorage to transfer leases to the new Vigor Alaska Ship & Drydock subsidiary, clearing the way for Vigor’s acquisition of the operating company. The purchase was first announced Feb. 7 pending AIDEA approval. Officials of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough and the City of Ketchikan also approved the transfer. “We start today working with the people here in Ketchikan and throughout Alaska to build even more maritime and industrial jobs at this great facility…
Elliott Bay Design Group Opens Office in Alaska
Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG), the naval architecture and marine engineering firm based in Seattle and New Orleans, has established an office in Ketchikan, Alaska, to meet growing customer demand in that region. EBDG said it is the preferred service provider for a number of Alaska-based companies with which it shares long-standing relationships. EBDG is a member of the Ketchikan Marine Industry Council and shares that body's commitment to expanding Ketchikan's marine industrial capacity. The council's diverse membership represents a cross section of Ketchikan's business and civic leaders and highlights the city's many strengths and capabilities.
USCGC Anthony Petit Headed for Ketchikan
USCGC Anthony Petit has been accepted from its builder, Marinette Marine Corp. of Marinette, Wis., and its crew sailed north from the Panama Canal to reach its homeport of Ketchikan, Alaska, by mid-November. The USCG accepted the vessel and placed it into a commission special status for its 12,000-mile voyage to Alaska. Petit's commanding officer, Chief Warrant Officer Chuck Jones, and his crew of 23 made several port calls and conducted several operational missions in the 100 days since they left Wisconsin. Before departing the Great Lakes through the Welling Canal, the crew earned the "Order of the Great Lakes" by sailing on all five of the Great Lakes. While visiting Coast Guard City USA, Grand Haven, Mich., on Coast Guard Day, Petit's crew welcomed more than 12,000 visitors aboard.
Safety Violations Halt FV's Voyages
Law enforcement officers from USCGC Mustang terminated an F/V's voyage in Prince William Sound, after they discovered safety violations aboard the vessel. The USCG cited Sheelagh M's captain for several violations, including: Not having immersion suits for the four people aboard his vessel; not having the required number of fire extinguishers; and having a cracked life-ring buoy. Also, enforcement officers from USCG Station Ketchikan terminated vessel Cape Fairweather because of safety violations. Boaters in the downtown Ketchikan area called the USCG to report the vessel being operated negligently. Cape Fairweather is a 49-ft. purse seiner from Ketchikan. The Station Ketchikan boat crew located the F/V at a Ketchikan fuel dock and conducted boarding on it.
Coast Guard Airlifts Stricken Diver
A Coast Guard rescue crew medevaced an injured diver after receiving a call at 9:09 a.m. from a crewmember on board the vessel Clearlight, near Wrangell. The Lady Becky, a nearby vessel, rendered Good Samaritan aid, and a Coast Guard helicopter launched from Sitka. The Coast Guard rescue crew took 33-year old Ketchikan resident Michael R. Anderson to Ketchikan, where an EMS crew awaited. Ketchikan hospital officials pronounced him deceased. Rescuers performed CPR on Anderson aboard the Clearlight and the helicopter en route Ketchikan. Anderson reportedly lacked oxygen for about 5-10 minutes on board the vessel. The Clearlight, a fishing vessel from Southeast Alaska, traveled near East Island, about 30 miles southwest of Wrangell, when the incident occurred.
USCG Crew Tows Disabled Vessel Near Ketchikan, Alaska
A Coast Guard boatcrew from Station Ketchikan assisted two boaters after their 15-foot vessel became disabled near Ketchikan, Sunday. The boatcrew safely transferred the boaters to the Coast Guard vessel and took the disabled vessel in tow before transporting them to Knuduson Cove. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Juneau were notified by the Ketchikan Police Department after they received a call from one of the boaters that their vessel had been swamped by waves and became disabled. Station Ketchikan immediately launched a Response Boat – Small crew to assist.
DOT Signs Metlakatla Ferry Contract
The Alaska Marine Highway ushered in a new era in marine transportation for the community of Metlakatla with the signing of a contract to between the Department of Transportation and Conrad Industries of Morgan City, LA to build a new ferry. The new vessel will provide dedicated service between Metlakatla and Ketchikan, two of the Inside Passage’s southernmost communities. Southeast Region Director, Bob Doll , represented the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities at the signing ceremony on November 12, 2002. "This ferry means better service to the communities of Metlakatla and Ketchikan and less cost to the State of Alaska. That’s one of the objectives of the Southeast Alaska Transportation Plan.
Coast Guard Conducts Law Enforcement in Southeast
Coast Guard boarding teams from the Coast Guard cutter Naushon and Coast Guard Stations Ketchikan and Juneau terminated the voyages of two fishing vessel and intercepted an intoxicated boater in Southeast. A Coast Guard cutter Naushon boarding team conducted a random safety boarding aboard the 32-foot fishing vessel Tsunami, based out of Seattle, Saturday in Clarence Strait. During the boarding it was discovered that the vessel had the correct number of survival suits onboard but two of them were unserviceable. The crew of the Naushon terminated the vessel’s voyage for safety reasons and escorted them to Nichol’s Passage where the Naushon was relieved by the 47-foot motor lifeboat and crew from Coast Guard Station Ketchikan who escorted the Tsunami’s crew into Ketchikan.
Ailing Tug Crewmember Medaveced near Alaska
A U.S. Coast Guard Station Ketchikan 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew medevaced a diabetic 59-year-old male suffering from seizure like symptoms aboard the tug vessel Pacific Ocean, near Ketchikan, Alaska Tuesday evening. The Coast Guard crew rendezvoused with the 117-foot tug vessel 19 miles south of Ketchikan, safely brought the man aboard and transferred him to local emergency medical services in Ketchikan for further medical care. Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders received the request for medevac from the master of the tug vessel. The duty flight surgeon was contacted and concurred with the need for the medevac. “This case illustrates the preparedness of our small boat station crewmembers,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew Powers, a watchstander at Sector Juneau.
Marcon to Market High-Speed SWATH Catamaran
Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington is pleased to announce that they have been selected by the Matanuska-Susitna Borough in Alaska to market the SWATH (Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull) Expeditionary Craft ferry “Susitna” for sale. The “Susitna” was developed by Guido Perla & Associates of Seattle, Washington from a concept created by Lockheed Martin. The vessel is designed to operate as a ferry in the difficult Alaskan waters of Cook Inlet while being assessed by the U.S.
Alaska Class Ferries to Be Built in Ketchikan
Announced by Governor Sean Parnell Saturday, September 20, the State of Alaska and Vigor Industrial have reached a final agreement to construct two Alaska Class Ferries at Vigor Alaska in Ketchikan. The vessels will be the first Alaska Marine Highway System ferries to be built in Alaska. “Here we are today to launch this shipyard to a new level, a new level of good jobs, a new level of growth for Ketchikan businesses that are going to supply the shipyard and its workers,” Governor…
Vigor to Acquire Alaska Ship & Drydock
Vigor today announced its plan to acquire Alaska Ship and Drydock Inc. (ASD), further consolidating the business of ship repair on the U.S. West Coast. ASD intends to transition its business and assets to Vigor pending approval of the transfer of ownership by the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA), the owner of the Ketchikan Shipyard where ASD is based. The private companies hope to finalize their agreement on or before March 1st. ASD would operate the Ketchikan Shipyard (KSY) as the Alaska Ship & Drydock LLC subsidiary…
Conrad Awarded Ferry Contract
Conrad Industries, Inc. announced the award of a $9.5 million contract for the Alaska Marine Highway System. The contract award calls for the construction of a 181-ft. ferry capable of transporting 149 passengers and 18 vehicles. When delivered, the vessel will provide service between Metlakatla and Ketchikan, two of the Inside Passage of Alaska’s southernmost communities. Kenneth G. (“Jerry”) Myers, Jr., Conrad’s President and CEO commented, "We’re excited about the opportunity to work for the Alaska Marine Highway System on this first of a kind ferry. This project, coupled with several recently awarded contracts also in the government segment, continues to allow us to diversify both our customer and product bases.
MARAD: $10m in Small Shipyard Grants Awarded
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced $9.98 million in grants to 13 small shipyards throughout the United States to help modernize facilities, increase productivity, and help make the country’s small shipyards more competitive in the global marketplace. “These grants will help improve our ability to build and repair ships in the United States, strengthening our economy and helping position these small businesses and shipyard workers to be better prepared to win the future,” said Secretary LaHood. The U.S Maritime Administration’s (MARAD) Small Shipyard Grants Program provides money to help this vital segment of America’s maritime industry invest in production equipment…
Capilano Designs 23-Car Ro-Ro Ferry
Capilano Maritime Design Ltd. has been awarded the design contract for a 23-car, 149-passenger Ro-Ro Ferry to replace the Bob Ellis currently being utilized by the Ketchikan Gateway Borough in Ketchikan Alaska. The vessel will be built at Alaska Ship & Drydock, Inc., also located in Ketchikan. The new ferry will be delivered to the State of Alaska in 2011. Capilano Maritime is a naval architecture and marine engineering design firm based in North Vancouver, BC, Canada. The firm is co-owned by Chris Mulder, P.Eng, and Mark Mulligan, P.Eng.
Fast Vehicle Ferry in Early for Lay-up
Ketchikan for lay-up. January 24. said DOT&PF Commissioner Mike Barton. will have to sail for Ketchikan on the 23rd . time to return crewmembers to Juneau by the 25th. unions have not yet been to the table,” Barton said.
USCG Rescue Woman Near Tongass Narrows, Alaska
The Coast Guard assisted a 26-year-old woman from Metlakatla, Alaska, who was reported to have fallen out of her canoe and swam to shore near Tongass Narrows, Sunday. A Station Ketchikan 25-foot Response Boat – Small crew picked up the survivor and transferred to her family in Annette Bay. Coast Guard Station Ketchikan watchstanders were notified by Ketchikan Police Department that a woman had fallen out of her canoe near South Pennock Island in Tongass Narrows and was able to make it to shore but was stranded.
Cruise Ship Allision in Ketchikan, Alaska
The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating the allision of the cruise ship Celebrity Infinity with a pier in Ketchikan, Alaska. Coast Guard investigators from Marine Safety Detachment Ketchikan were called to the scene after the Celebrity Infinity allided with the #3 berth at the Ketchikan cruise ship dock on June 3. Weather on scene was reported to be gusting at 45-miles per hour. Watchstanders at the Sector Juneau command center were alerted of the accident by the ship's pilot Friday afternoon. No injuries or pollution were reported as a result of the allision.
Tongass Narrows and Ketchikan: Safety Zone and Anchorage Ground
The U.S. Coast Guard issued a final rule amending its prior interim rule regarding waters in the vicinity of Tongass Narrows and Ketchikan. The area impacted by the seven-knot speed limit has been extended northward to Channel Island, but seaplanes and small boats have been exempted. Certain waters in Ketchikan Harbor have been designated an anchorage ground. The final rule comes into effect on May 20. 70 Fed. Reg. 20471 (HK Law)
Fish Tender's Voyage Terminated
USCG law enforcement officers terminated a vessel's voyage for a federal safety violation. Officers from USCGC Naushon boarded Wild Salmon, a 74-ft. fish tender, near Ketchikan. The USCG personnel found Wild Salmon didn't have a survival craft aboard as required by law. The officers ordered Wild Salmon's skipper to take his vessel to Ketchikan and keep it there until he acquired a survival craft.
Fast Ferry Southeast Express Begins Between Juneau and Ketchikan
The Alaska Marine Highway System will inaugurate its fast vehicle ferry service three days per week between Juneau-Petersburg-Wrangell-Ketchikan on Thursday, November 3. The M/V Fairweather will depart Juneau at 8 a.m. on each of its runs and the M/V Chenega will depart Ketchikan at 7:15 a.m. on two of its service days, and 8:15 a.m. on the third. The ferries will meet in Petersburg to trade passengers and vehicles at mid-day. Each ferry will return to its homeport by early evening. “The basic idea of arranging our fast ferry routes to form a ‘couplet’ that connects at Petersburg is to provide a one-day, express ferry ride between Ketchikan and Juneau,” said Robin Taylor, the state’s director of marine transportation.
ASD Opens State-of-the-Art Production Center
New State-of-the-Art Shipbuilding Production Center Opens For Business In Ketchikan, Alaska. Alaska Ship & Drydock Already at Work on the First Vessel to be Completed in the Facility, a 136’ Longliner. The outlook for building new ships at Alaska Ship & Drydock (ASD), a Vigor Industrial company, just got a lot brighter, warmer, and drier with the opening of the Ketchikan Shipyard’s state-of-the-art assembly hall designed to build ships up to 500 feet in length. The assembly hall is 70,000 square feet with an adjacent 5-story production center to minimize material flow and maximize efficiency.
Alaska Ship & Drydock Christens the MV Ken Eichner‐2
On April 2, Alaska Ship & Drydock, Inc. and the Ketchikan Gateway Borough christened the MV Ken Eichner‐2 as the Borough’s second ferry providing service to the Greater Ketchikan International Airport and entering service as the sister ship to the MV Oral Freeman. Both ships were built by Alaska Ship & Drydock, Inc. (ASD) and are registered as Hull No’s 001 and 004 respectively for the Ketchikan based Shipbuilder. The project was funded through state legislative appropriations sponsored by Senator Bert Stedman and Representative Kyle Johansen.