All American Marine has landed a major contract to build a 68-foot boat for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The contract is for more than $4 million to build the aluminum catamaran survey vessel with a delivery date of March 2017, said Matt Mullett, president and CEO of All American Marine. The vessel will perform survey missions and some dive operations in support of dredging worked planned with the Corps’ Philadelphia district, according to a news release. The new vessel will replace an aging survey boat called Shuman.
All American Marine recently finished building a similar 62-foot survey boat for the USACE Jacksonville District, the Florida II.
The new boat for the Corps’ Philadelphia district will have a cruising speed of 28 knots, which will allow workers to get to a survey site much quicker than the current vessel, improving data collection, according to the news release.
It will be one of several projects the boat-building company is working on as its gets ready to move into a larger facility on Hilton Avenue. The company is working with the Port of Bellingham and the architect to finalize the plans.
Mullett said they are hoping to be in the bigger building by late 2016 or early 2017. Current plans call for a new 40,000-square-foot building; the company also will have access to two nearby buildings for an additional 10,000 square feet of space.
“Because of the size of our vessels and the tenant improvements that we’ll be responsible for, it will take us several months before we can vacate our facility and be in full swing at the new location,” Mullett said.
The company recently finished a 45-foot research catamaran vessel for the University of New Hampshire. All American Marine also is working on three other catamarans — an 83-foot whale-watching boat and two 72-foot passenger ferries.