Friday, July 13, 2012

Vigor Industrial Ferries Win Transportation Award

The three new 64-car, 750 passenger ferries constructed by a subsidiary of Pacific Northwest-based Vigor Industrial have won the regional “Under Budget, Large Project” category in the America’s Transportation Awards competition.

“It’s important that we make the absolute most of our transportation dollars, and Vigor’s ability to deliver three new ferries under budget and on time, in just 34 months, saved the state nearly $7 million,” state Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, chair of the Washington Senate Transportation Committee, said.

The vessels were built by US Fab, Vigor’s industrial and new-build branch. The award was presented to the Washington State Department of Transportation July 9. WSDOT is now entered into a competition for one of two national awards that carry $10,000 in prizes.

“US Fab is extremely honored to have been a part of this award winning effort and proud to have played a role in sustained job creation in the shipbuilding industry in our region,” company Vice President Chris Morgan said.

The America’s Transportation Awards competition, sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, AAA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, recognizes the very best of America’s transportation projects in three main categories: Ahead of Schedule, Under Budget, and Best Use of Innovation.

“The construction of the Kwa-di Tabil class ferries demonstrates what can be accomplished with great partnerships. US Fab’s in-house engineering staff and its subcontractors collaborated closely with an exceptional team at Washington State Ferries expediting production throughout the entire process,” US Fab’s engineering director, Kevin Hein, said. “This was particularly important as the project moved from an existing design to a detailed production design.”