Orange Shipbuilding has secured a $14.9m contract from North Carolina, US, to build a ferry.
The 220ft-long and 50ft-wide ferry will join five Sound-class ferries serving the Pamlico Sound routes from Ocracoke to Cedar Island and Ocracoke to Swan Quarter.
The deal is being funded through US federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, and the vessel is scheduled for delivery in 2012.
The ferry will have the capacity to carry 50 vehicles and 300 passengers, according to marinelog.com.
The US-based shipbuilder has also secured a contract to build three heavy load equipment hauling barges for the US Army Corps of Engineers, which took its order backlog to $86m.