Vigor begins construction oN second 144-car ferry

On March 8, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee officially kicked off the construction of the Samish, the state’s second new 144-car ferry, by welding the initials of his grandson into the keel of the Samish at Vigor Industrial’s Seattle shipyard. Earlier in the week, US Fab, the Vigor subsidiary building the ferries, hit a major project milestone on the first vessel, the Tokitae, when the company successfully transferred the 1,110-ton superstructure, which had been constructed by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders on nearby Whidbey Island, from a barge onto the hull in Seattle.


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