Vigor to Build 2 More San Francisco Ferries

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By Eric Haun

Vigor said it was awarded the contract to build two additional
ferries for WETA (the Water Emergency Transportation Authority)
in San Francisco, Calif.

The shipbuilder started constructing the first two WETA ferries
in this class in spring 2015, said Tim Kolb, General Manager of
Vigor Ballard.

Under the latest contract, the two new hulls will be constructed
at Vigor Ballard (formerly Kvichak) and the superstructure at
Vigor's Harbor Island shipyard.

Designed by Incat Crowther, the 135' x 38' all-aluminum
catamarans will feature MTU 12V4000 M64 EPA Tier III engines
rated 1875 BHP at 1,800 RPM coupled with ZF7600 reduction gears
as the propulsion system. An exhaust after treatment system will
also be included.

"It's an efficient design and very environmentally friendly,"
Kolb said.

The ferries will each have capacity for 400 passengers, plus
bicycle storage.

"The four Vigor vessels will play critical roles in maintaining
service reliability in WETA's planned expansion of ferry service
on the San Francisco Bay," said Nina Rannells, WETA Executive

Length (overall): 135'

Beam: 38'

Draft (max): 6.75'

Passenger capacity: 400

Speed: 27 knots

Engines: MTU 12V4000 M64 diesel

Feb 24, 2017

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