SEATTLE – Vigor Industrial announced it has won an order to build a second 144-car ferry for Washington State Ferries, the ferries division of the Washington State Department of Transportation.
Construction is scheduled to start in December at Vigor Industries’ US Fab shipyard for WSF.
WSDOT assistant transportation secretary of ferries division David Moseley said in a statement, “These new boats will ensure we have modern vessels to continue giving our passengers safe and reliable service.”
Construction cost for the first 144-car ferry is $115m and the total cost of the vessel is $147m, which includes design, owner-furnished equipment, construction management, final outfitting, and contingencies.
The Legislature funded a second 144-car ferry during the last session.
Washington State Ferries estimates the first new 144-car ferry will start service in early 2014, and the second ferry early 2015. Construction cost for both vessels is $225 million, and the total cost is $277 million, including owner-furnished equipment, construction management and contingencies.
Work on the two vessels will produce more than 500 family-wage jobs at shipyards in the region, the release said. The 144-car ferries will replace vessels in the Evergreen State class, which are the oldest ferries in the state fleet.
WSF has contracted Vigor Industrial’s US Fab Division for design and construction of up to four 144-car ferries dependant on funding.