U.S. ECA Operator Orders Two More Ferries from Vigor

Monday February 27, 2017

Vigor Ballard (Vigor), formerly Kvichak Marine Industries, has announced that it has been awarded a contract to build two aluminium, 400-passenger ferries for North American Emission Control Area (ECA) operator, San Francisco-based Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA).

The order follows a similar two-vessel order received by the company from WETA in 2015.

"In the spring of 2015, Vigor began construction on the first two WETA ferries in this class," said Tim Kolb, General Manager of Vigor.

"It’s an efficient design and very environmentally friendly. We're extremely pleased to extend our partnership with WETA for two more vessels."

The hulls are set to be constructed at Vigor, while the superstructure will be completed at the company's Harbor Island shipyard.

The vessels, designed by Australia's Incat Crowther, will feature MTU 12V4000 M64 EPA Tier III engines rated 1875 BHP at 1800 RPM, and ZF7600 reduction gears for the propulsion system.

Vigor says the vessels will also include exhaust after treatment systems.

"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 Director.

"Vigor has been a strong partner in our ongoing fleet renewal process. We look forward to continuing the relationship."