A question that’s come up among members of this group and during the FCP meeting earlier this month relates to the legislation requiring that ferries be built in state by Washington firms. Initially people expressed concern that the cost of the Chetzemoka, the ferry recently built by Todd Shipyard was excessive, due to the fact that just one firm bid to build this ferry and two sister ships. Now it’s highly likely that Todd Shipyard will be sold to a firm based on Oregon. If this transaction does take place, what impact will it have on the contracts for the remaining two ferries? And, if the only firm that bid on these recent contracts leaves the state, who bids on future projects?
The announcement of the pending acquisition can be read here.