Vigor Buys New Dry Dock

Vigor Seattle, WA Facilities

Vigor’s Seattle facility

Got a news release from Vigor which is quoted below:

SEATTLE, WASH. (April 17, 2017) Building on its ongoing investments in critical infrastructure and fulfilling a promise to customers to expand West Coast drydock capacity, Vigor has entered into an agreement to purchase a drydock from a Korean seller. At 640 feet long with a clear width of 116 feet, the new dock will be the third, and largest, at Vigor’s Harbor Island shipyard.

“The purchase of another drydock in Seattle allows Vigor to better service valued customers like Washington State Ferries, the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy,” notes Adam Beck, Vigor Executive Vice President of Ship Repair. “It also further strengthens our market position in commercial ship repair on the West Coast and supports our expansion into new markets.”

Beck and his team had been actively looking for the right drydock at home and abroad for a number of months. The one selected happened to be in Korea. The team is working to finalize the transaction and have the dock operational in Seattle by late Fall. Customer feedback to the news has been overwhelmingly positive.

“Washington State Ferries is greatly relieved and appreciative to hear of Vigor’s important investment in a new drydock for its Harbor Island/Seattle location. We have been concerned about the shortage of drydock availability for the maintenance and repair of our fleet,” said Matt Von Ruden, Director of Vessel Engineering and Maintenance, Washington State Ferries. “Regular maintenance is critical to our ability to achieve the expected service life of our vessels and keep them operating well for our customers.”

DRYDOCK PRINCIPAL CHARACTERISTICS:

Length: 640 FT, Clear Width: 116 FT, Lift Capacity: 20,000 LT

Vigor was not one of the five contractors awarded icebreaker design contracts, but this drydock could handle a very large icebreaker and Seattle is perhaps the most logical place to base them. In any case it will add to the maintenance capability in the Pacific NW.

One thought on “Vigor Buys New Dry Dock

  1. Good sign for the Harbor Island yard, I’ve always been worried Vigor might shirt change it. Pretty soon WSF has to start thinking about another large ferry class, and there’s a lot of repair work they will be in the mix on.

    Political realities will likely weigh on the outcome in more ways than one, but for the record: If a Gulf yard gets the icebreaker contract I may break something.

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