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64-Car Ferries Coming Along

June 29th, 2009 by ed friedrich

I heard today that Todd Shipyards is cutting and welding steel for the state’s first 64-car ferry. It doesn’t look like a boat yet, said Washington State Ferries spokeswoman Laura Johnson, but it’s a start. Todd, as the only bidder, won the bid for $64.5 million. The 2008 transportation budget provided $84.5 million that the state had hoped would pay for two of the boats. This first will be finished next summer.

There was a pre-bid conference June 23 to provide potential bidders with information on the second and third 64-car ferries Five Puget Sound shipyards turned out. The contract is expected to be advertised in mid-July with a builder selected in mid-September, Johnson said.

4 Responses to “64-Car Ferries Coming Along”

  1. Nikky Says:

    Awesomesauce! When it starts to resemble a ferry you should post some assorted photographs.

  2. ed friedrich Says:

    I guess they’re planning to have the media over to check it out in a couple weeks.

  3. Jerry Says:

    If they hurry up and get those earmarked 64-car boats done, Bremerton might get a ferry one day…

  4. Sharon O'Hara Says:

    Were the bids limited to Washington State, Ed? Hard to believe only one bidder wanted the job out of all the shipbuilders in the nation.