Nichols Bros. books contracts for car ferry, landing craft


The following is the text of two news releases from Nichols Bros. Boat Builders:

(FREELAND, Wash.) (Oct. 30) — Nichols Brothers Boat Builders has been awarded a new vessel contract to build a 115’x47’-6” 23-Car, 100 passenger Ferry for Wahkiakum County. The Ferry will operate between existing ferry terminals to Puget Island in Cathlamet, Washington and Westport, Oregon.  

Designed by Elliott Bay Design Group of Seattle, WA; this steel hull, aluminum superstructure vessel will be powered by two diesel Cummins QLS 9,285 HP @ 1800 RPM coupled to ZF Marine reversing reduction gears with two fixed-pitched propellers, and designed to operate at 8 knots.  

The vessel to be named M/V Oscar B after former skipper and owner Oscar Bergseng will be delivered in February 2015.

(FREELAND, Wash.) (Nov. 6) — Bowhead Transport, LLC has recently awarded Nichols Brothers Boat Builders a contract to construct a new 150’x50’ Landing Craft.  The landing craft will operate in Arctic coastal villages of the North Slope Borough of Alaska and between the Pacific and Arctic oceans.

The vessel designed by Columbia Sentinel Engineering, Inc . will consist of a  steel hull, including the main deck; with an aluminum deck house and pilot house. The vessel will be powered by three diesel engines;  Caterpillar C-18 DITA Commercial EPA Tier 3, rated 600 hp @ 1800 rpm, Keel cooled, remote mount Twin Disc MGX5170 reduction gears.  

Nichols Brothers will start construction immediately. Delivery is scheduled to take place Summer  2014.

By Professional Mariner Staff