Local

It’s another large contract for this Bellingham boat-building company

Aerial photography of Rich Passage 1 low wake passenger ferry, which was built in 2011 by Bellingham’s All American Marine. The two new ferries All American will build for Kitsap Transit will be similar in design.
Aerial photography of Rich Passage 1 low wake passenger ferry, which was built in 2011 by Bellingham’s All American Marine. The two new ferries All American will build for Kitsap Transit will be similar in design. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Designing a low-wake passenger ferry boat has created busy days at All American Marine.

The local boat manufacturer announced on Monday that it has reached an agreement with Kitsap Transit to build two more passenger-only ferries for $15 million.

The agreement was approved by the Kitsap Transit’s board of commissioners on Feb. 20, according to the Kitsap Sun.

The two new ferries will be similar to the 118-passenger Rich Passage 1, which was built in 2011. The new ferries, for now known as RP-2 and RP-3, will have some upgrades to improve the passenger experience, according to a news release from All American Marine.

“Rich Passage 1 is not your typical ferry, it was built to be lightweight and to fly smoothly through the wake sensitive zone,” said All American Marine CEO Matt Mullett, adding that the improvements will be made to the new ferries without hurting the low-wake performance.

According to the Kitsap Sun, the new ferries will be used as backup boats for the ferry service, which was passed by voters in July 2017. The first ferry is scheduled to be delivered in January 2019, with the second for April 2019.

All American Marine already has a busy production schedule for 2018. The company is currently building a 149-passenger catamaran to operate Kitsap Transit’s ferry routes between Bremerton, Port Orchard and Annapolis. All American is also finishing up work on 600-passenger hybrid ferry for San Francisco’s Red and White Fleet.

Mullett has previously said the company has been able to pursue bigger projects since moving into its larger 57,000-square-foot facility in spring 2017.

All American Marine employees move a new cruise ship from their facility on Hilton Avenue to the boat launch at Squalicum Harbor on Friday, Nov. 10, in Bellingham. The Argosy Cruises ship, called the "Salish Explorer", weighs 253,000 pounds and to

Dave Gallagher: 360-715-2269, @BhamHeraldBiz

  Comments