NEW ORLEANS—At the International WorkBoat Show, Vigor Industrial subsidiary, US Fab, discussed the progression of the first of two 1,500 passenger, 144-car ferries currently under construction at its Seattle facility for Washington State Ferries (WSF). Teams have been hard at work at the shipyard in the last few months. “Construction is progressing right on schedule thanks to exceptional collaboration between US Fab teams and dedicated subcontractors along with a strong partnership with WSF officials,” said Chris Morgan, vice president of US Fab. Delivery of the first vessel is expected in early 2014 with the second scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2015. The Washington Transportation Commission recently announced that the vessels will be named the Tokitae and the Samish in keeping with the tradition of giving ferries regional tribal names.
“This construction is critical to replacing our aging fleet. The new ferry will allow us to retire one of the 1950sera Evergreen State Class vessels,” said David Moseley, assistant transportation secretary, Ferries Division. WSF operates the largest ferry fleet in the United States. Twenty-three ferries carry more than 22 million passengers across Puget Sound and its inland waterways each year. The improved vessel design of the Olympic class ferries minimizes environmental impact, reduces operating costs, improves safety, increases passenger comfort and greatly improves access for customers with disabilities.
“This project has created hundreds of family-wage jobs at US Fab and at subcontractor facilities throughout the state,” said Chris Morgan, vice president of US Fab. “We are all extremely proud of the work we are doing to build a new generation of safe, reliable and efficient vessels for the citizens of Washington.”
That pride of workmanship was evident at last year’s International Work- Boat Show when US Fab was recognized with the 2011 Significant Boat Award for the construction of three, Kwa-di Tabil Class, 64-car ferries for WSF. The three vessels also won the regional “Under Budget, Large Project” category in the American Transportation Awards competition sponsored by AASHTO. The award was presented to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). WSDOT is now entered into a competition for one of two national awards that carry $10,000 in prizes.
Tokitae and Samish
Characteristics Class Name: Olympic
Length: 362.5 ft
Beam: 83 ft
Draft: 24.5 ft
Displacement: 3499 LTSW
Max Passengers: 1500
Max Vehicles: 144
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