Next-Generation Ferry constructing was being started

By Curious

This month will be made the first steps of constructing Washington’s new 144-car ferry by the leaders of the state Legislature transportation committees, Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen of Camano Island and Rep. Judy Clibborn of Mercer Island.

At 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 29 the 2 legislators are going to join Washington State Ferries officials and ship workers, to commemorate the moment when the vessel’s keel is laid in place at Vigor Industrial’s Harbor Island shipyard in Seattle.

The maritime equivalent of placing a cornerstone - Keel laying, is a traditional milestone in the ship building. The new class of ferries is designed to carry up to 144 cars and 1,500 passengers across the waters of Puget Sound. David Moseley, assistant transportation secretary, Ferries Division, said: "the new ferry will allow us to retire one of the 1950s-era Evergreen State Class vessels."

The work over the first vessel will produce an estimated 200 family-wage jobs at US Fab, plus 350 additional jobs at subcontractors and other shipyards in the region.
The service of 144-car ferry is going to start in early 2014. Cost of construction is $115 million, and the total cost of the vessel is $147 million, which includes owner-furnished equipment, construction management and contingencies. The new ferry is going to be more comfortable for passengers with added capacity, improved safety systems and better access for customers with disabilities.

Chris Morgan, vice president of US Fab says that their workers and hundreds of others around the state are proud to be building this vessel for the people of Washington who ride and rely on ferries.