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Building the Stikine
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October 26, 2005
Ketchikan, Alaska (SitNews) - As Dakota Creek Industries' cranes
lift the pilot house in place, the Stikine begins to look more
like a ferry. This new ferry, which will be in service in Alaska,
will be the second in the fleet of the Prince of Wales Inter-Island
of Dakota Creek Industries hoisted the 250,000-pound
pilot house onto the top of the Stikine
Photograph by Dave McNary
Dakota Creek Industries, located
in Anacortes, Washington, began the project in February 2005
and expects to be finished with the Stikine and deliver her by
March 2006. The M/V Stikine is being built in the same Anacortes
shipyard as the M/V Prince of Wales.
Funded through a $17 million federal grant, the passenger and
car ferry will serve the IFA's northern route, linking Coffman
Cove, Wrangell and Petersburg.. The ferry will hold 30 standard
vehicles and will be licensed for 195 passengers. When the vessel
is complete it will weigh 990-tons with a length of 200-feet.
The Stikine can be crewed by five people and it is projected
to have a 20- to 30-year economic life.
Enhancements to the new vessel
include an upgraded passenger deck layout, larger wheelhouse
with enclosed bridge wings, more powerful bow thruster and a
According to the Anacortes
American, Dakota Creek Industries started work on the vessel
in February with about 80 employees working on the project. Many
of the construction crew members lined the docks during the hoisting
of the pilot house in mid-October although they had already completed
their shifts. Dick Nelson, DCI president, said they stayed to
watch because they are proud of what they do.
Side-view of the M/V
Stikine which is unconstruction in Anacortes, WA.
Photograph by Dave McNary
After the steel plating is finished, the boat will be painted
a dark green. The vessel will be launched around Christmas, and
after a final outfitting, sea trials and testing the mechanics,
the ship will be delivered in March.
The Stikine is the second vessel
Dakota Creek Industries has built for the Inter-Island Ferry
Authority, an Alaskan Port Authority. The ferry vessel Prince
of Wales was built several years ago.
Dakota Creek Industries bids
large projects all over, custom building boats from company-supplied
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