Ferry Chetzemoka sustained dents to both sides of hull

The ferry Chetzemoka received dents to both sides of its hull when being placed into dry dock at Vigor Shipyards nearly two weeks ago.

About an 8 foot by 8 foot section on the starboard side and 8 foot by 14 foot portion of the port side were damaged, said Vigor spokesman Brian Mannion. The steel wasn’t breached. The ferry, for perspective, is 274 feet long. No ship systems or equipment were damaged.

The incident occurred Jan. 14 when the Chetzemoka was entering its annual dry dock period. As the dry dock was being raised, the ferry was supposed to set down onto blocks, but some blocks in the middle were too high, Mannion said.

Vigor will return the steel to its original shape and repair a small part of the associated frame. Vigor will eat the costs and still expects to complete the scheduled work by the Feb. 8 target date, Mannion said.