State narrows choices to build fast ferry

Posted: Thursday, February 08, 2001

JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska Marine Highway officials have narrowed their choice for building the state's first fast ferry to two shipyards.

General Manager George Capacci said the list of prospective bidders for the fast ferry, to be operated between Juneau and Sitka, has been narrowed to shipyards R. E. Derecktor of Mamaroneck, N.Y., and Nichols Brothers Boatbuilding of Whidbey Island, Wash.

Capacci said both have teamed with foreign manufacturers who have built fast ferries around the world. One of the stipulations for bidders was that they had to have a proven design.

Capacci said marine highway officials want to award a contact to build the ferry no later than May 1. They want the fast ferry to go into service by summer 2003.

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