On April 3, 2010, Washington State’s newest ferry, Chetzemoka, arrived at Everett Shipyard for final outfitting and completion. Work will be completed at the Port of Everett’s Pier 3 North.
The Chetzemoka was towed from Todd Pacific Shipyards’ (“Todd Shipyards”) Seattle Shipyard to the Port of Everett last week to commence its final building stage. The final outfitting work to be complete by Everett Shipyard will include the insulation, crew and passenger accommodations, galleys, flooring and the addition of lifesaving and emergency evacuation equipment.
“Everett Shipyard and its team will essentially be completing the finish work on the fine structural work that Todd Shipyards has already completed, while Todd continues work on the electrical, mechanical and propulsion systems to bring this ship into service,” President of Everett Shipyard Kevin Quigley said.
Everett Shipyard’s leases property from the Port of Everett, and is utilizing part of Pier 3 to complete the vessel work. “Due to the size of this vessel we could not have brought this work to Everett if it was not for the creative partnership we have established with the Port of Everett. The Port has been super-responsive in finding ways to accommodate this work and it has paid off for the community,” Quigley said.
Everett Shipyard is the leader in providing dockside repair services for the Washington State Ferry Service (WSF), the nation’s largest ferry system. Over the past year, Everett Shipyard has been working as a subcontractor to Todd Shipyards under Todd’s $65.5 million contract with WSF to construct the new 64-car ferry, the Chetzemoka.
“The Port of Everett values our partnership with Everett Shipyard, and we are pleased to have Washington State’s newest ferry at our facility for its finishing touches,” Port Marine Terminals Director Dave Madill said. “Everett Shipyard’s activity is putting numerous people to work in this area, and we are proud to play a role in this type of job creation.”
This vessel is the first of three contracted to Todd to replace the WSF’s aging fleet. Vessels two and three have a budget of $114.1 million, and construction on those vessels has already commenced. Vessels two and three will also have final outfitting performed by Everett Shipyard at the Port of Everett. In 2007, the Port of Everett signed a 45 year lease with Todd Shipyards, whose subsidiary is Everett Shipyard.
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