December 13, 2004
Ketchikan, Alaska - Inter-Island Ferry Authority board chair and Craig Mayor Dennis Watson signed a $16,940,984 contract Friday with Dakota Creek Industries of Anacortes, Washington for the construction the IFA's second vessel the M/V Stikine. The Stikine will serve the IFA's northern route, linking Coffman Cove, Wrangell and Petersburg.
Keel laying for the Stikine will get under way this month. The IFA served notice of an intent to award this contract on November 29, 2004.
The 198 foot long M/V Stikine is designed to accommodate 160 passengers, with a vehicle capacity of 30 standard automobiles. Enhancements to the new vessel will include an upgraded passenger deck layout, larger wheelhouse with enclosed bridge wings, more powerful bow thruster and a third generator.
The M/V Stikine is being built in the same Anacortes shipyard as the M/V Prince of Wales, according to IFA northern route project manager Loren Gerhard.
Delivery of the M/V Stikine is planned in March, 2006, with scheduled service on the northern route to be inaugurated in April, 2006, said Watson.