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.