Marine Supplies Fast Rescue Boats For Alaska Marine Highway System Ferry
Willard Marine, a 56-year-old builder of composite and aluminum boats,
has delivered two rescue boats for the Alaska Marine Highway System
(AMHS). Under the contract, Willard Marine is supplying two U.S. Coast
Guard-approved SEA FORCE(R) 670 SOLAS fast rescue boats (FRBs) for the
418-ft. passenger/ro-ro ferry M/V Columbia.
Willard Marine 670 SOLAS boat
of the two 22-ft. fiberglass 670 FRBs is powered by an inboard 230 HP
diesel engine and water jet and can carry up to nine passengers. The
boats meet all prescriptive requirements of the international Safety
of Life at Sea (SOLAS) treaty for passenger vessels and ro-ro ferries
that travel on international routes.
"The AMHS has chosen Willard Marine as their
preferred U.S. supplier for their ferries, confirming that our quality,
purpose-built design continues to be the first choice for FRBs in
the SOLAS market," said Ulrich Gottschling, president of Willard
Willard Marine is also supplying two U.S. Coast Guard-approved
SEA FORCE(R) 490 SOLAS RIBs for the AMHS' Fast Vehicle Ferry (FVF)
_Fairweather_ and FVF _Chenega,_ which service the Upper Inside Passage,
Juneau and Sitka, Alaska. Delivery of the boats will take place in
the spring and fall of 2014.
AMHS operates a state-owned commercial fleet of 11
vessels that run along a scenic 3,500-mile route from Washington state
to the Aleutian Islands.