Kvichak Marine Industries has secured a contract from San Francisco’s Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) to design and build two all-aluminum ferries.
The new vessels, each with a capacity to accommodate 400 passengers, are expected to replace two of WETA’s 12-vessel fleet.
WETA executive director Nina Rannells said: "The vessel replacement project is part of the ongoing fleet renewal process, which will enable WETA to provide reliable service across our system and enhance our customers’ experience when travelling or commuting across the Bay.
"We look forward to working with Kvichak to enhance our fleet of passenger ferries."
The 135m-long and 38m-wide, all-aluminum catamarans will be designed by Australia’s Incat Crowther.
The vessels will feature MTU 12V4000 M64+ EPA Tier III engines rated 1,950BHP at 1,830rpm, coupled with ZF7600 reduction gears as the propulsion system.
In addition, they will be equipped with an exhaust after-treatment system, Kvichak Marine said.
The vessels are expected to start service in mid-2017.
Meanwhile, Kvichak has awarded Nichols Brothers Boat Builders a subcontract to deliver the bolt-on superstructure for the project.
Previously, the companies partnered on the construction of four 118ft environmentally friendly ferries to WETA, which are currently in service in the San Francisco Bay area.
In March this year, Kvichak Marine Industries and Vigor Industrial merged to strengthen the operation. Under the deal, Kvichak became a wholly owned subsidiary of Vigor.
Image: The new vessels will replace two of WETA’s fleet of 12. Photo: courtesy of Kvichak Marine Industries.