SEATTLE – The Daily News and other news sources are reporting the Washington State Department of Transportation has awarded Foss Maritime the contract to build a new $9.6 million ferry, to replace the 12-car Martha S., which serves the towns of Wilbur and Keller on Lake Roosevelt. According to the WDOT, Foss beat out competing bids from US FAB, a subsidiary of Vigor Industrial, and Oregon Iron Works.
WorkBoat reported in the last two months about Foss’ efforts in building hybrid tugboats, including the groundbreaking Carolyn Dorothy. Bruce Buls visited the Rainier shipyard where this ferry will be built back in Sept. to look at the retrofit of the Campbell Foss. You can see a video interview with Foss VP Susan Hayman and project manager Rick McKenna here.
The Daily News reports that the new aluminum ferry will have a 20-car capacity and will be built in pieces in Rainier, then shipped to Lake Roosevelt for assembly. It is expected to go into operation in 2013.