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Vigor lays keels for first ferries to be built in Alaska

Dec 16, 2014 10:23 AM

The Vigor boats will be able to carry up to 300 passengers and 53 vehicles

Doug Ward, Vigor Alaska's director of shipyard development, speaks at Saturday's ceremony in Ketchikan. Seated are right are Alaska Gov. Bill Walker and first lady Donna Walker.

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Doug Ward, Vigor Alaska's director of shipyard development, speaks at Saturday's ceremony in Ketchikan. Seated are right are Alaska Gov. Bill Walker and first lady Donna Walker.

(KETCHIKAN, Alaska) — Keels were laid Saturday at Vigor's shipyard here to mark the official start of construction of two Alaska-class ferries, SitNews reported. The 280-foot, steel-hulled, diesel-powered boats will be the first ferries built in the state. The boats will serve southeast Alaska, with delivery expected in 2018.

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