The first Kwa-di Tabil Class ferry, Chetzemoka
WSF contracted with Vigor Industrial to build three Kwa-di Tabil (pronounced kwah DEE tah-bayle) class (64-car) ferries. The first new Washington state ferries of the 21st century are part of WSF's ongoing program to replace the oldest vessels in its fleet.
The Kwa-di Tabil class ferries replaced the 1927-built Steel Electric class ferries, which were removed from service in November 2007 due to safety concerns. The new vessels meet all modern safety requirements.
The Kwa-di Tabil class ferries allow WSF to provide two-boat service on the Port Townsend/Coupeville route during the busy peak tourist season.
Partnerships & Cooperation
Vigor Industrial's US Fab shipyard on Harbor Island in Seattle (formerly Todd Pacific Shipyards) was the prime contractor for all three Kwa-di Tabil class ferries. Nichols Brothers Boat Builders on Whidbey Island built the pilothouses, Jesse Engineering in Tacoma built the vessel ends, and final outfitting was completed at Everett Shipyard.
The total budget for the Kwa-di Tabil class ferries was $213,161,045. The three-vessel program was completed almost $7 million under budget, with a total final cost of $206,276,445.
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