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135' Passenger Only Ferry delivered to
the Water and Emergency Transportation Authority

(May 2017)


Hydrus, the first in a series of 400-passenger catamaran ferries for WETA, the Water and Emergency Transportation Authority in San Francisco, is completed and has entered service. Built by Vigor in Seattle, Wash., Hydrus is the first of this new class of vessel with additional ferries to follow.

“In the spring of 2015, Vigor began construction on the first of two WETA ferries in this class,” said Tim Kolb, general manager of Vigor Ballard.“It’s an efficient design and very environmentally friendly."

Following trials of the first vessel, two additional vessels were ordered by WETA. “The four Vigor vessels will play critical roles in maintaining service reliability in WETA’s planned expansion of the ferry service on the San Francisco Bay,” said Nina Rannells, WETA executive director.

Designed by Incat Crowther, Australia, the 135’ x 38’ all-aluminum catamaran is powered by a pair of MTU 12V4000M64 EPA Tier 3 main engines, each producing 1,453 kW. One of the earliest passenger vessels to enter service with advanced exhaust aftertreatment, the system ensures Hydrus complies with the latest U.S. emissions regulations and is one of the lowest-emission ferries currently operating in North America. Incat Crowther worked with suppliers to create an efficient layout for the system that minimizes noise ingress to the cabins and has minimal effect of passenger flow and operations.

Hydrus has a top speed of 29 knots and a service speed of 27 knots under full load at reduced MCR. The vessel also demonstrates low wake-wash characteristics.

Hydrus will be joined mid-year by a second vessel, Cetus, with a further two vessels due in 2018.

Additional vessel features include:
• Length (overall): 135’
• Beam: 38’
• Draft (max): 6.75’
• 400 passenger
• Speed: 27 knots
• MTU 12V4000 M64 diesel engines
• Exhaust After Treatment System
• Bicycle storage


60' Research Catamaran delivered to
California Department of Water Resources

(December 2016)


Incat Crowther and Vigor are pleased to announce the delivery of Sentinel, a 60 foot Catamaran Research Vessel, to the California Department of Water Resources.

Sentinel is a rugged and utilitarian vessel with an efficient design optimizing the use of the catamaran platform. It was built at Vigor’s specialized aluminum fabrication facility in Seattle, Wash.

Sentinel’s primary application is the monitoring of water quality, phytoplankton, zooplankton and benthic macro-invertebrates within the San Francisco bay area and close proximity coastline. “Vigor was honored to build a vessel which will play such an important role in protecting water quality. The innovative and efficient Incat Crowther design will ensure Sentinel will be on the job for decades,” said Tim Kolb, Vigor General Manager – Ballard (formerly Kvichak).

In keeping all accommodation on the main deck, Sentinel features a relatively wide beam which is utilized to create an efficient layout conducive to research and water sampling activity.

Sentinel has a large partially-covered aft deck with two deck cranes and two deck winches in addition to stair access to swim platforms port and starboard. The main deck cabin houses a large laboratory, forward of which are two twin cabins, a bathroom and galley. Forward of this is the wheelhouse with an additional fold-down berth.

A set of stairs leads from the foredeck to the roof deck, featuring aft control station as well as a rescue boat and dedicated launch and retrieval crane.

The vessel has a service speed of 18 knots with two Cummins QSB 6.7 main engines producing 260kW each.

PRINCIPAL DIMENSIONS
• Length Overall: 60’ / 18.3m
• Length Waterline: 56’ 2” / 17.1m
• Beam Overall: 24’ / 7.3m
• Draft (hull): 3’ / 0.9m
• Draft (prop or max): 3’ 7” / 1.1m
• Depth: 7’ 9” / 2.35m
• Construction: Marine grade aluminium

CAPACITIES
• Fuel Oil: 900 gallons / 17 00 litres
• Fresh Water: 250 gallons / 470 litres
• Sullage: 50 gallons / 190 litres
• Passengers: 20
• Crew: 5

PROPULSION AND PERFORMANCE
• Speed (Service): 18 knots
• Speed (Max): 21 knots
• Main Engines: 2 x Cummins QSB6.7
• Power: 2 x 350hp / 260kW @ 2800rpm
• Propulsion: 2 x Propellers
• Generators: 2 x Northern Lights M864W3

REGULATORY
• Flag: United States of America
• Class / Survey: USCG Subchapter T


(2) 19m All- Weather Pilot Boats delivered to Oman
(September 2016)


Vigor expanded its growing portfolio of international sales with the delivery of two, 19m all-weather pilot boats to The Port of Duqm Company (PDC), SAOC, Sultanate of Oman. The Port has been undergoing a major multiphase expansion and the new pilot boats will play a key role in ensuring the safety of vessels calling on the port.

“This is an important delivery for us,” said Keith Whittemore, Vigor Executive Vice President of Business Development. “PDC is a world class, state-of-the-art Port with a major commitment to quality and safety. Our team was honored to be chosen to help PDC achieve the objective of setting the new standard for pilot boats in the Middle East.”

Designed by Camarc Design, Ltd., UK, and built at Vigor’s Ballard facility (formerly Kvichak Marine), the vessels not only function as pilot boats but also as search and rescue and oil spill recovery vessels. The all-aluminum vessels are powered by twin Cummins QSK-19 marine diesel engines rated for 800 hp @ 2100 rpm each and twin ZF 2000A transmissions driving NiBrAl 5-bladed fixed propellers providing an operating speed of ~20 knots. The pilot boats offer outstanding performance and safety in the harshest weather, including the high winds and stormy seas experienced in southern Oman during "Hareef" (typhoon) season.

“With the arrival of the new pilot boats, Port of Duqm Company is preparing for the next level of professionalism and safety towards its customers,” said Wim Aertbelien, PDC Harbor Master and Chief Pilot. “Port of Duqm Company is determined to continue to maintain a close and solid relationship with the Vigor shipyard.”

Beyond North American sales, over the years Vigor has successfully delivered vessels throughout Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia and South America. The delivery of Duqm pilot boats expands Vigor’s Middle East presence and helps further an international strategy in specialized commercial markets and foreign military sales.

Vessel Specifications:
• Length, overall: 62.3’ (19.0m)
• Beam, overall: 19.7’ (6.0m)
• Draft, operating: ~3.0’ (.91m)
• Fuel Capacity: 1050gal (3975 l)
• Fresh Water Capacity: 66 gal (250 l)
• Onan 50 kW Genset
• Palfinger PK11001MC deck crane
• Popsure fender system
• Lamor MSRm1411 manual boom reel
• Lamor Minimax 60 oil skimming system
• Lamor GTA 70 transfer pump
• Lamor LPP 38 hydraulic power unit
• Furuno navigation package
• Seating: 2 crew, 8 pilots


48' Foil Research Catamaran delivered to
King County Environmental Laboratory

(June 2016)


Vigor, formerly Kvichak Marine recently delivered a 48’ all-aluminum foil assisted research catamaran for the King County Environmental Laboratory. The vessel operates in Puget Sound, the Straits of Juan de Fuca and adjoining inland waterways. The vessel will be conducting water sampling research along with marine buoy calibration, maintenance and retrieval, tours and shoreline surveys, dive and ROV operations.

This will be the thirteenth foil assisted catamaran built by the company since 2000. Their unique foil design enhances seakeeping at top speeds leading to reduced fuel consumption and greater efficiency. In addition, at lower speeds the system provides considerable heave and pitch damping, making the hull an excellent platform for the type of survey work performed by research vessels. “King County’s environmental lab serves a mission to help protect and enhance water quality in the Puget Sound region so our citizens can continue to enjoy it for years to come,” said Keith Whittemore, Vigor executive vice president of business development. “That’s definitely a mission near and dear to our hearts. Our team is proud to provide a vessel that will assist in this important work.”

The vessel is powered by Cummins Tier III engines, Hamilton water jets and Twin Disc gears. Other features include a full service water quality lab, chemical storage locker, 36” x 36” moonpool on the aft deck, AirMar Weather Station 200WX system, two staterooms with one berth each and full galley with settee.

Vessel Specifications:
• Length (overall): 48’
• Beam (overall w/fender): 18’8”
• Draft (RFS): 3.0’
• Fuel capacity: 650 gallons
• Fresh water capacity: 100 gallons
• Speed in full load condition: ~29 knots
• All welded aluminum construction
• 4 Crew, 20 Scientists
• Main engines: (2) Cummins Tier III QSC8.3
• Marine gears: ZF 286
• Propulsion: Hamilton Jet HJ364
• Hamilton Jet Modular Electronic Control System
• Marine crane: Morgan 200-3 w/2,200 lb capacity winch
• A-Frame - Vigor, formerly Kvichak Marine design & build
     o SWL 2,500 lbs capacity
• Chemical storage locker
• Furuno NavNet navigation system
• Moonpool on aft deck
• Galley & Two staterooms
• Laboratory:
    o Portable sediment table
    o Hydrowire metering
    o Vacuum pump & tank


NYPD RB-M C delivered
(May 2016)


Kvichak, a Vigor company, delivered a fourth, 45’ Response Boat - Medium C (RB-M C) to its long-time customer, the New York Police Department Harbor Unit.

The Kvichak RB-M C is the commercial variant of the Response Boat - Medium (RB-M), purpose built for the U.S. Coast Guard. To date, 174 RB-Ms have been delivered to the Coast Guard. The vessel was designed by Kvichak in partnership with Camarc Design for high speed and high performance, including tactical handling and specialized mission capabilities.

The commercial variant offers more crew comfort and amenities than the RB-M but features the same exacting capabilities needed for maritime security. “It has proven itself to be ideal for patrol, law enforcement and search and rescue operations,” said Art Parker, Vigor Business Development Manager. “Kvichak has built six RB-M Cs for three different police departments to date and is in active negotiations for more at home and abroad.”

Following its merger with Vigor last year, Kvichak has steadily expanded both its production capabilities and its international footprint in high performance vessels. “One of the most exciting aspects of our merger with Vigor, has been joining forces with Oregon Iron Works, now Vigor Works. Their Combatant Craft Medium (CCM) and Sealion I and II for the U.S. Navy have earned great respect around the world,” explains Keith Whittemore, Kvichak co-founder and now Vigor EVP of Business Development. “Bringing our two highly specialized teams of designers, engineers and builders together has opened up a world of possibility, particularly in foreign military sales.”

RB-M C Key Characteristics
• Overall length: 44’11”
• Beam, overall: 14’7”
• Draft (RFS): 3.0’
• (2) Detroit Diesel 60 series engines
• Twin Disc MG5114SC marine gears
• Rolls Royce Kamewa FF375S waterjets
• Fuel capacity: 495 gallons
• Top speed: >40 knots
• (2) Rescue zones
• Vector-Stick integrated control system
• SeaFLIR Voyager III system
• Kohler 9kW genset for AC power
• Deck Heat
• Furuno Navnet system
• Redundant GPS & sounders
• Climate controlled pilot house and cabin
• Heated windows


32' Top House Gillnetter delivered
(April 2015)


Kvichak quality is back in the Bristol Bay fishing fleet.

Seattle, WA - Kvichak Marine Industries, Inc, a Vigor Industrial Company, recently delivered the first of three new Bristol Bay boats. This new, top house design all-aluminum 32’ x 16’ jet propelled gillnetter is a product of the Kvichak design team and is powered by twin Volvo D11 EVEC-E engines rated for 510 BHP coupled to ZF 305-3 marine gears and Hamilton HJ364 water jets providing a top speed of 35 knots. Kvichak has a long history of delivering quality gillnetters dating back to 1987.

This new Kvichak design combines shallow draft capability with short transit times to the line, and the ability to maintain planning speed when partially loaded. The unique top house arrangement maximizes creature comforts while maintaining a large efficient working deck.

Additional vessel features include:
• Length: 32’
• Beam: 16’ 1”
• Draft (light): 25”
• Draft (full wells): 35”
• Fuel capacity (max): 400 gallons
• Fresh water capacity: 50 gallons
• Hold capacity: 20,500 lbs maximum
• 8,500 lbs ~ 9,000 lbs @ 29 knots
• Accommodations for 5 crew
• Webasto diesel heater
• 7.5 ton RSW system
• Top house design


(2) 36' Crew / Pilot Boats delivered to
West Coast Launch, Ltd

(January 2015)


Kvichak Marine recently delivered two all-aluminum 36.6’ Crew / Pilot Boats to West Coast Launch, Ltd. which operates year-round as a water transportation company in Prince Rupert, B.C., Canada. Some of their clients are Pacific Pilotage Authority, Airport Authority, Canada Border Services Agency along with the Maher and Ridley Terminals. They also service the local First Nations Villages on a charter basis for their communities. As well as commercial transportation, West Coast Launch Ltd, has been operating as Prince Rupert Adventure Tours for the past 20 years. They offer Whale watching and Grizzly bear tours to the famous Khutzeymateen sanctuary.

“Lelu and Kitson” will join the current five vessels already operating in their fleet. They hope to be well prepared for the growth of Prince Rupert and the demands for transportation with the LNG industry.

The vessels are powered by twin Volvo D11 diesel engines rated for 510 bhp and ZF 305 marine gears. The engines are coupled to Hamilton 322 waterjets providing a speed of 35 knots.

Additional vessel features include:
• Length (overall): 39’ 11”
• Length (molded): 36’ 6”
• Beam (overall): 13’ 6”
• Draft: 2’ 4”
• Fuel capacity: 240 gallons
• Speed (design load): ~35 knots
• Cargo capacity (aft deck): 1,000 lbs
• Seating: 1 crew & 12 passengers
• Cabin heat
• Duramax D rubber fendering


(2) 36' Crew / Pilot Boats delivered to
Tymac Launch Service Ltd

(January 2015)


Kvichak Marine recently delivered two all-aluminum 36.6’ Crew / Pilot Boats to Tymac Launch Service, Ltd. of British Columbia, Canada. The vessels were designed by Kvichak for the specific use of transporting 12 or fewer passengers. The vessels will provide transportation for BC Coast Pilots, Government Officials, ships Agents & Surveyors, Longshoremen, Repair crews etc.

The areas of operations include Vancouver Harbour, Indian Arm, Howe Sound, the Fraser River and Southern Gulf of Georgia Strait.

Powered by twin John Deere 6090SFM85 diesel engines rated for 425 bhp and ZF 305-3 marine gears. The engines are coupled to Hamilton 322 waterjets providing a speed of 35 knots.

Additional vessel features include:
• Length (overall): 39’ 11”
• Length (molded): 36’ 6”
• Beam (overall): 13’ 6”
• Draft: 2’ 4”
• Fuel capacity: 240 gallons
• Speed (design load): ~35 knots
• Cargo capacity (aft deck): 1,000 lbs
• Seating: 1 crew & 12 passengers
• Cabin heat
• Duramax D rubber fendering


66' Shallow Draft Tender delivered to
Norton Sound Economic Developement Corporation

(June 2014)


Kvichak Marine Industries, Inc. recently delivered a multi-mission 66’ all-aluminum Shallow Draft Crab and Salmon Tender to the Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation (NSEDC). The vessel was christened the Paul C. Johnson in honor of the late Paul “Koublou” Charles Johnson of Unalakleet, AK at a ceremony at Fisherman’s Terminal in Seattle.

Designed by Kvichak Marine to the mission specifications of NSEDC, the 66’ x 25’ vessel is intended for very shallow draft crab and salmon tendering operations in the Norton Sound region, and will draw just 4’-6” when fully loaded. The vessel is powered by twin Cummins QSM11 marine diesel engines each rated for 450 BHP at 2100 RPM and coupled to ZF 360 transmissions driving NiBrAl 4-blade propellers. The Paul C. Johnson is the first of its kind tender vessel built to classification society rules applicable to tender vessels of this type and holds a Class Certificate per RINA.

The Paul C. Johnson is equipped with six smooth sided internally insulated fish holds with a refrigerated hold capacity of 111,000 lbs featuring a product elevator, Effer crane and Transvac fish pump system.

Additional vessel features include:
• Length overall: 67’ - 4”
• Beam overall: 25’
• Loaded Draft: 4’ - 6”
• Displacement (heavy): 278,000lbs
• Displacement (light) 130,000 lbs
• Northern Lights 99kW & 40 kW Gensets
• Transvac 3510 Fish Pump System
• 3,000 gallons diesel in 3 tanks
• 500 gallons fresh water
• Product Capacity: 1740 Cu Ft total
• Effer 220M S2 crane
• 36 Ton dual IMS RSW System
• (2) Double bunk staterooms
• Full galley


74' Pilot Vessel delivered to
Columbia River Bar Pilots

(March 2014)


Kvichak Marine Industries recently delivered Astoria, a self-righting 74’ all-aluminum pilot boat, to the Columbia River Bar Pilots (CRBP) of Astoria, OR. Astoria is the third CRBP pilot boat designed by Camarc, Ltd., of the UK and built by Kvichak. The pilots christened Astoria at a ceremony last week where the vessel has joined Columbia, built in 2008. Chinook, built in 2000 is retiring this spring.

The pilots operate the vessels over the bar at the mouth of the Columbia River. Known for its extreme weather and turbulent waters, the Columbia River Bar is where the Columbia River collides with the Pacific Ocean. The resulting conditions require reliable, stable and self-righting pilot boats that safely and successfully transport pilots to and from the ships and tugs that navigate across the Bar.

Power for the 75’-6” x 21’-6” Astoria is provided by twin MTU 16V2000 M70 marine diesel engines rated for 1410 BHP @ 2100 RPM and twin ZF 3050 electric shift transmissions. The engines are coupled to a pair of Hamilton 651 waterjets. Top speed is ~29 knots; cruise speed is ~25 knots.

Additional vessel features include:
• Overall Length: 75’ 6”
• Beam, overall: 21’ 6”
• Draft: 3’ 6” • Fuel capacity: 1,655 gallons
• Top speed: ~29 knots • Extensive Furuno electronics package
• (2) Kohler 40kW Gensets
• Climate controlled pilot house
• 2 crew, 4 pilots
• Accommodations for 2
• Popsafe fendering
• Rescue davit w/ 500lb SWL capacity


64' Pilot Vessel delivered to
Savannah Pilots Association

(September 2013)


Kvichak Marine Industries, Inc., of Seattle, WA, recently delivered P/V Georgia, a 64' all-aluminum Pilot Boat to the Savannah Pilots Association of Savannah, GA. Georgia is the second vessel built by Kvichak for the Savannah Pilots.

Designed by Camarc Design, UK, Georgia is powered by twin MTU 12V2000 engines rated for 1450 BHP each with Hamilton 521 waterjets and ZF 3050 marine gears. This combination allows for excellent maneuverability with a top speed of ~35 knots.

For over 140 years the Savannah Pilots Association has safely guided vessels on the 25 ½ mile journey from the sea to the port of Savannah. They require vessels with excellent sea keeping ability and maneuverability even in the worst of sea conditions. After operating a Kvichak vessel for nine years, they knew Kvichak would deliver.

Additional vessel features include:
• Overall length: 64’
• Beam, overall: 19’
• Top speed: ~35 knots
• Fuel capacity: 1200 gallons
• D-rubber / aircraft tire fendering
• Complete electronics package
• (2) Phasor K4 30kW Gensets
• Day galley & pilot accommodations
• 2 crew, 7 pilots
• 500 lb SWL capacity rescue davit
• E/R ventilation by Delta “T” Systems
• Main engine exhaust by Marine Exhaust Systems, Inc.


45' Response Boat Medium - C delivered to
L.A. County Sheriff's Dept

(August 2013)


Kvichak Marine Industries, of Seattle, WA, recently delivered a Response Boat Medium – C to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD). The 45’ x 14’ 7” RBM-C is the sistership of the highly successful USCG RB-M and has been adapted to meet the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) detection mission requirements of the L.A. County Sheriff’s department. A roof mounted RS-700 Gamma/Neutron Radiation Detection System from RSI enables the vessel to quickly and accurately measure and locate natural and man-made radioactive elements.

Designed by Camarc Design, UK, the all-aluminum vessel is powered by twin Detroit Diesel 60 series engines rated for 825 BHP each. Rolls Royce Kamewa FF375S waterjets were chosen as the propulsors with Twin Disc MG5114SC transmission. This combination allows for excellent maneuverability and a top speed exceeding 42 knots.

Kvichak has already delivered three RB-M C’s to the New York Police Department Harbor Unit and one to the Seattle Police Department Harbor Unit.

Additional vessel features include:
• Overall length: 44’ 10”
• Beam, overall: 14’ 7”
• Draft (RFS): 3.0’
• Fuel capacity: 495 gallons
• Top speed: >42 knots
• (2) Rescue zones
• Vector-Stick integrated control system
• SeaFLIR M-324XP
• Kohler 11kW genset for AC power
• Integrated navigation system
• Climate controlled pilot house and cabin
• Heated windows
• D-Rubber push knee
• STIDD shock mitigating seats
• RSI RS-700 Gamma/Neutron Radiation Detection unit
• 800 lb SWL Davit System
• KLEIN 5000V2 multi beam high resolution side scan sonar
• New larger below decks cabin space


50' Pilot Vessel delivered to
Southwest Alaska Pilots Association

(July 2013)


Kvichak Marine Industries, Inc. of Seattle, WA, recently delivered the P/V Bering, a 50’ x 15.5’ pilot vessel to the Southwest Alaska Pilots Association (SWAPA). After acceptance of the Bering, the SWAPA crew and a Kvichak technician departed Seattle and began transiting north to Valdez, AK. The Bering’s delivery encompassed 1350 nautical miles averaging 25 knots over 5 days (53.9 hours run time on the engines). Weather conditions were generally favorable however Johnstone Strait in BC provided a good test for the handling and sea keeping characteristics of the Bering. Port calls during the 5 day run were made in Port McNeil BC, Prince Rupert BC, Hoonah, AK and Yakutat, AK. Additional stops for fuel were made in Nanaimo BC, Klemtu BC, Ketchikan, AK and Petersburg, AK. The crew pulled into the pilot station at Rocky Point in Prince William Sound before proceeding on to their homeport in Valdez, AK. Bering will operate in the coastal areas of South Central Alaska.

Designed by Kvichak Marine, the all-aluminum vessel is powered by twin CAT C18 ACERT tier II engines rated for 715 BHP coupled to Twin Disc MGX-5145SC marine gears. Hamilton 364 waterjets are the chosen propulsors. This combination allows for excellent maneuverability and a top speed of ~ 36 knots. The vessel has a Wing Hybrid fendering system.

Additional vessel features include:
• Overall length: 52.3’
• Beam, overall: 15.5’
• Draft (RFS): 2.75’
• Fuel capacity: 500 gallons
• Top speed: ~36 knots
• Integrated navigation system
• Northern Lights 20 kW generator
• Climate controlled pilot house
• 2 crew and 4 passengers
• Deck heating
• Wing Hybrid fendering system
• Handrail heating


Patrol 28 delivered to
Boston Police Department Harbor Unit

(May 2013)


Kvichak Marine Industries, Inc. recently delivered the Patrol 28, a 28’x 9’3” all-aluminum vessel to the Boston Police Department Harbor Unit (BPD). Designed by Kvichak/Amgram Ltd., UK and built by Kvichak Marine, the Patrol 28 is effective for operation in port and coastal waters, including shallow areas. Missions for the Patrol 28 include search and rescue, border patrol and maritime security.

Powered by twin Honda 225 hp VTEC outboards, the Patrol 28 cruises at speeds over 45 knots.

Additional vessel features include:
• Length (waterline): 25’ 11”
• Beam: 9’ 3”
• Length (overall): 30’ 10”
• Twin Honda 225 hp VTEC outboard engines
• Depth: 2’ 4”
• Fuel: 115 gallons
• Speed (approx): >45 knots
• Shockwave suspension seats
• Furuno electronics package
• Enclosed deckhouse
• (2) Tow Bitts
• Wing D-shaped inflatable fendering


Fifteen 30' Rapid Response Skimmers
Delivered to the U.S. Navy

(May 2013)


Kvichak Marine, Industries, Inc. recently completed delivery of fifteen (15) 30’ Rapid Response Skimmers to the U.S. Navy. With the addition of these skimmers the Navy will be operating over 85 Kvichak-built skimmers worldwide as the Navy’s tier one response asset.

The rapid-response, shallow-water capable skimmer is ideally suited for use on oil spills in waterways, bays and harbors. The all-aluminum skimmer is 30’ – 3” long, with a beam of 9’-8", and a draft of 2’ - 6", and is easily trailerable. Powered by twin 90hp outboards, the skimmer has a response speed of up to 17 knots and features an enclosed two person pilothouse for operator comfort.

Adaptable to a variety of marine spill scenarios, this highly specialized vessel works well in many recovery configurations, from free skimming through towed-boom applications, and is able to recover a very wide range of spills from light sheens to very viscous weathered oil products. The skimmer’s oil recovery system includes a KVICHAK/MARCO Cl-1 Filterbelt oil skimming module, a KVICHAK/MARCO U-040 Capsulpump offload system with 50’ hose, and a recovered oil capacity of over 1,200 gallons. The recovered oil tank configuration allows segregation of small volume spills to simplify post-spill decontamination. Onboard hydraulic power is supplied by an under-deck diesel HPU.


19' Tuna Net Skiff Delivered
(April 2013)


Kvichak Marine Industries, Inc. recently delivered a 19’ Tuna Net Skiff to a customer who bought their original Tuna Skiff from Kvichak in 1998. This 19’ x 9’ all-aluminum skiff is powered by a Perkins M250C diesel engine with 250hp @ 2400rpm.

Additional vessel features include:
• Twin Disc MG5050A gears
• Bollard pull of ~2,900 lbs
• 100 gallon fuel tank
• Displacement ~5,000 lbs
• Center console
• 3” D rubber sheer guard


Third RB-M C Delivered to
New York Police Dept Harbor Unit

(March 2013)


Kvichak Marine Industries, of Seattle, WA, recently delivered the third 44.5’ Response Boat Medium – C (RB-M C) to the New York Police Department Harbor Unit. The first two RB-M C’s were delivered in April 2010 and August 2012. Both have been providing maritime security and law enforcement along with search and rescue in the New York metropolitan area.

These all-aluminum vessels are designed by Camarc Design, UK and powered by tier II compliant twin Detroit Diesel 60 series engines rated for 825 BHP each coupled to Twin Disc MG5114SC marine gears. Rolls Royce Kamewa FF375S waterjets are the chosen propulsion.

A full cabin provides crew protection from the elements and is equipped with a robust navigation system, heat and air conditioning, shock mitigating seats and a communication system capable of communicating with other maritime security partners.

Additional vessel features include:
• Overall length: 44.5’
• Beam, overall: 13.7’
• Draft (RFS): 3.0’
• Fuel capacity: 495 gallons
• Top speed: >40 knots
• (2) Rescue zones
• Vector-Stick integrated control system
• SeaFLIR Voyager III system
• Kohler 9kW genset for AC power
• Deck Heat
• Furuno Navnet system
• Redundant GPS & sounders
• Climate controlled pilot house and cabin
• Heated windows


64' Passenger Catamaran Delivered to
the Chemehuevi Transit Authority

(December 2012)


Kvichak Marine Industries, of Seattle, WA, recently delivered the P/V “Tecopa”, a 65’ passenger catamaran for the Chemehuevi Transit Authority of Lake Havasu, California. The vessel operates as a ferry on Lake Havasu, with ports of call at Lake Havasu City on the Arizona side and at Havasu Landing on the California side.

Tecopa was sea trialed in Seattle then disassembled and loaded on two trucks and shipped to Havasu Landing, CA where it was reassembled by Kvichak with support from the tribe. Her maiden voyage was on Dec 3, 2012. Designed by Kvichak Marine, the 150-passenger catamaran is powered by twin MTU series 60 diesel engines, rated for 600 HP @ 2100 RPM, and fitted to ZF 550 marine gears. The vessel operates at a service speed of 20+ knots and is capable of operating with a crew of three.

Additional vessel features include:
• LOA 64’6”
• Beam 24’
• Fuel capacity 1200 gallons
• (2) MTU series 60 diesels
• (2) Northern Lights 20kW generators
• Furuno electronics package


Second 50' Pilot Vessel Delivered to
Crescent River Port Pilots

(September 2012)


Kvichak Marine Industries, of Seattle, WA, recently delivered the second 50’ x 15.5’ pilot vessel to the Crescent River Port Pilots (CRPPA) of Louisiana. The M/V River Pilot was christened at a ceremony held in September in New Orleans before the vessel was delivered to its homeport in Pilottown, LA. River Pilot will be operating on the Mississippi River between Pilottown and New Orleans with the Samuel A. Church which was delivered by Kvichak in May 2012.

Designed by Kvichak Marine, the all-aluminum vessel is powered by twin Detroit Diesel 60 series engines rated for 600 BHP coupled to Twin Disc MG5114SC marine gears. Hamilton 364 waterjets are the chosen propulsors. This combination allows for excellent maneuverability and a top speed of ~ 32 knots. The vessel has a Wing Hybrid fendering system and a roof boarding platform specifically designed for the CRPPA.

Additional vessel features include:
• Overall length: 52.25’
• Beam, overall: 15.5’
• Draft (RFS): 2.75’
• Fuel capacity: 500 gallons
• Top speed: ~32 knots
• Furuno navigation system
• Northern Lights 9 kW generator
• Fresh water capacity: 15 gallons
• 2 crew and 10 passengers
• Wing Hybrid fendering system
• Climate controlled pilot house
• 500 lb MOB Davit w/12 VDC winch


Second RB-M C Delivered to
New York Police Harbor Unit

(July 2012)


Kvichak Marine Industries, of Seattle, WA, recently delivered the second 44.5’ Response Boat Medium – C (RB-M C) to the New York City Police Harbor Unit. The first hull, P.O. Edward Byrne, has been in service since April 2010 providing maritime security and law enforcement along with search and rescue in the New York metropolitan area. A third vessel is currently under construction at Kvichak with delivery scheduled for late October 2012.

These all-aluminum vessels are designed by Camarc Design, UK and powered by tier II compliant twin Detroit Diesel 60 series engines rated for 825 BHP each coupled to Twin Disc MG5114SC marine gears. Rolls Royce Kamewa FF375S waterjets are the chosen propulsion.

The new vessels will be named at a special dedication ceremony to be held in New York.

Additional vessel features include:
• Overall length: 44.5’
• Beam, overall: 13.7’
• Draft (RFS): 3.0’
• Fuel capacity: 495 gallons
• Top speed: >40 knots
• (2) Rescue zones
• Vector-Stick integrated control system
• SeaFLIR Voyager III system
• Kohler 9kW genset for AC power
• Deck Heat
• Furuno Navnet system
• Redundant GPS & sounders
• Climate controlled pilot house and cabin
• Heated windows


50' Pilot Vessel Delivered to
Crescent River Port Pilots Assoc

(June 2012)


Kvichak Marine Industries, of Seattle, WA, has recently delivered the M/V Samuel A. Church, a 50’ x 15.5’ pilot vessel to the Crescent River Port Pilots (CRPPA) of Louisiana. A christening ceremony was held last week at the Southern Yacht Club of New Orleans before the vessel was delivered to its homeport in Pilottown, LA. The Crescent River Port Pilots operate on the Mississippi River between Pilottown and New Orleans. Kvichak is currently building a second 50’ pilot boat for the CRPPA with delivery scheduled for September 2012.

Designed by Kvichak Marine, the all-aluminum vessel is powered by twin Detroit Diesel 60 series engines rated for 600 BHP coupled to Twin Disc MG5114SC marine gears. Hamilton 364 waterjets are the chosen propulsors. This combination allows for excellent maneuverability and a top speed of ~ 32 knots. The vessel has a Wing Hybrid fendering system and a roof boarding platform specifically designed for the CRPPA.

Additional vessel features include:
• Overall length: 52.25’
• Beam, overall: 15.5’
• Draft (RFS): 2.75’
• Fuel capacity: 500 gallons
• Top speed: ~32 knots
• Furuno navigation system
• Northern Lights 9 kW generator
• Fresh water capacity: 15 gallons
• 2 crew and 10 passengers
• Wing Hybrid fendering system
• Climate controlled pilot house
• 500 lb MOB Davit w/12 VDC winch


(2) 38' Anchor Handling Utility Vessels
Delivered to Superior Energy Services

(May 2012)


Kvichak Marine Industries recently delivered two (2) 38’ Anchor Handling utility vessels to Superior Energy Services out of Houston, TX. The all-aluminum vessels are hard-chined monohulls designed by Kvichak in conjunction with Superior and fitted with a forward skeg along with forward and aft push knees, heated decks and windows, then rounded out with subsea navigation equipment plus a subsea winch.

Bear Cub I and Bear Cub II are powered by twin Cummins QSB engines rated for 305 bhp each with ZF 305-2 transmissions and propelled by 4 bladed stainless steel props enclosed in nozzles.

Kvichak also delivered two bridge modules which are part the new training simulators at Superior Energy’s training facility in Anchorage, AK. The modules are reproductions of the actual bridge in these vessels. The modules are located in a room with a surround screen of video monitors that display the simulated surroundings of the environments that the vessels will be working in. This allows the company to train their employees to operate the vessels in all conditions. Kongsberg Maritime provided the primary simulation package for the entire simulation system.

Additional vessel features include:
• Overall length: 40’ 6”
• Beam, overall: 16’1”
• Draft (RFS): ~5’3”
• Fuel capacity: 1,250 gallons
• Top speed: 9.5 knots
• Water capacity: 190 gallons
• Furuno electronics
• D-rubber fendering
• Northern Lights 25kW genset
• Forward and aft push knees
• Towing H-bit
• Horizontal winch with 12,000# pull and horizontal capstan
• Stern roller
• 30 hp hydraulic bow thruster
• 1500 GPM fire pump w/ monitor
• Accommodations for 2 crew


45' RB-M C Delivered to SPD Harbor Patrol Unit
(April 2012)


Kvichak Marine Industries recently delivered, Patrol 9, a 45’ Response Boat Medium – C (RB-M C) to the Seattle Police Department Harbor Patrol Unit (SPD). Patrol 9 is the 500th hull built at Kvichak’s Ballard facility and will be based at the Harbor Patrol’s facility on nearby Lake Union. Kvichak is currently building two additional RB-M C vessels for the New York Police Department Harbor Unit after delivering their first RB-M C in 2010.

SPD’s primary missions for the RB-M C will be marine law enforcement, maritime security, rescue and assistance. Patrol 9 is ready for service for the Opening Day of boating season in Seattle on Saturday, May 5th. Patrol 9 will be on display at the Seattle Maritime Festival on Pier 66/Bell Harbor Marina on Saturday, May 12th. Kvichak and the SPD Harbor Unit are hosting an open house at the Harbor Unit facility, 1717 N. Northlake Place, Lake Union Saturday, May 19th from 11am to 3pm. The RBM-C will be on display along with the Kvichak Harbor Patrol vessels built in 1997 and 2005.

Additional vessel features include:
• Overall length: 44’ 11”
• Beam, overall: 14’ 7”
• Draft (RFS): 3.0’
• Fuel capacity: 495 gallons
• Top speed: >40 knots
• (2) Rescue zones
• Vector-Stick integrated control system
• SeaFLIR II system
• Kohler 6kW genset for AC power
• Integrated navigation system
• Climate controlled pilot house and cabin
• Heated windows


32' TPSB 30 boat delivery
(February 2012)


Kvichak Marine Industries, Inc., of Seattle, WA, was awarded a five year contract by the U.S. Coast Guard for the construction of up to 80 each Transportable Port Security Boats (TPSB) in 2011. Kvichak recently delivered the 30th hull of this contract to the USCG. The all-aluminum vessels are operated by a crew of 4 and include shock mitigating seats to minimize crew fatigue on extended missions. Ballistic Armor Protection and up to 4 mounted weapons provide increased mission capability and crew safety during tactical operations. The 32’ 9” vessels are replacing the USCG’s current aging fleet of smaller, outboard powered fiberglass boats.

Powered by twin Yanmar 315 hp diesel engines with Bravo 1-XR outdrives the TPSB provides security, maritime law enforcement and search and rescue operations in coast areas worldwide. The TPSB can maneuver in as little as 24” of water and can operate safely in 8’ seas and up to 30 knots of wind.

Kvichak is currently constructing an additional 20 vessels with delivery required by July 2012.

Additional craft features include:
• Length overall 32’ 9”
• Beam overall 8’ 6”
• Depth 24”
• Fuel capacity 150 gallons
• Twin Yanmar 315hp diesels
• Bravo 1-XR outdrives
• Top Speed >45 knots
• 4 gun mounts
• Dyneema ballistic armor protection
• Wing hybrid foam collar
• Furuno Navnet 3D
• ISO 12217-1 level floatation


30' Rapid Response Skimmer - Wide
(Sept 2011)


Kvichak Marine Industries has recently delivered a 30' Rapid Response Oil Skimming Vessel to Argus Limited of Rockville, MD to provide front line spill response capability in the Russian Federation.

The rapid-response, shallow-water vessel is ideally suited for use on oil spills in waterways, bays, and harbors. The all-aluminum skimmer is 30’–3” long by 9’-8” wide with a draft of 2’-6" and is easily trailerable. Powered by twin 90hp outboards, the skimmer has a response speed of up to 17 knots and features an enclosed 2-person pilothouse for operator comfort.

Adaptable to a variety of marine spill scenarios, this highly specialized vessel works well in many recovery configurations, from free skimming through towed-boom applications, and is able to recover a very wide range of spills from light sheens to very viscous weathered oil products. The skimmer’s oil recovery system includes a KVICHAK/MARCO Cl-1 Filterbelt oil skimming module, a KVICHAK/MARCO U-040 Capsulpump offload system with 50’ hose, and a recovered oil capacity of over 1,200 gallons. The recovered oil tank configuration allows segregation of small volume spills to simplify post-spill decontamination. Onboard hydraulic power is supplied by an under-deck diesel HPU.


64' Passenger Ferry
(June 2011)

Photo courtesy of Tom Pavia

Kvichak Marine Industries (KMI) is proud to announce the delivery of AquaLink II to Long Beach Transit (LBT) in Long Beach, CA. Designed by Incat Crowther of Australia, this is the second vessel built by Kvichak for Long Beach Transit. Both vessels are operated by Catalina Express shuttling visitors and commuters between the Long Beach downtown/waterfront area to Alamitos Bay Landing. AquaLink has been in operation by LBT since 2001.

AquaLink II, an all-aluminum 65’ x 24' fully-enclosed catamaran is powered by twin Cummins QSM 11 diesel engines, rated for 610 HP @ 2300 RPM, and fitted to ZF 360A marine gears. The 74-passenger catamaran will operate at a service speed of ~25 knots with a crew of two.

During travel passengers can enjoy food and beverage service at the Snack Bar Kiosk that is integrated with the main passenger cabin. Kvichak outfitted the kiosk with a refrigerator, coffee brewing system, soft drink dispenser, sink, and Corian bar top.

Long Beach Transit held a christening celebration on June 27th welcoming the vessel to the fleet. AquaLink II will start service on July 1st.

Additional vessel features include:
• Overall length – 64’ 11”
• Beam, overall – 24’
• Draft – ~4’ – 6”
• Fuel capacity – 700 gallons
• Air conditioned cabin
• Northern Lights 30 kW Genset


25' Push Boat
(April 2011)


Kvichak Marine, Industries, Inc. recently constructed and delivered a 25’ – 8” push boat to Seattle City Light for operation with the service barge at the Diablo Dam in the North Cascades.

This Kvichak Marine design is constructed of marine grade aluminum alloy plate and extrusions. Two vertical push knees are located at the bow. The knees are padded by 6” D-section rubber. A 1,500 lb davit with manual winch is mounted on the stern.

The push boat is powered by twin John Deere 330 hp turbo charged diesel engines with stainless steel props in enclosed nozzles, allowing for speed of 8 knots while pushing the barge.

• Length overall: 25’ – 8”
• Beam, molded: 14’ – 0”
• Draft, ready for service: 3’ – 5”
• Weight, full load: 25,102 lbs
• Crew: 3
• Fuel: 480 gallons
• Bollard Pull: 10,280 lbs
• Speed, pushing barge: 8 knots


30’ Rapid Response Skimmer Delivered
to Administraηγo do Porto de Sines, S.A.

(January 2011)


Kvichak Marine Industries has recently delivered a 30' Rapid Response Oil Skimmer fitted with a Kvichak/Marco Pollution Control CL-1 Filterbelt oil recovery module to Administraηγo do Porto de Sines (APS), Portugal.

This is the second skimming vessel fitted with the Kvichak/Marco Filterbelt in the APS response fleet, the first was delivered in 1976 and is still in service. Construction of the skimmer was supervised at Kvichak Marine in Seattle by representatives of APS, and the vessel was delivered early, in less than 10 weeks from contract execution.

The Kvichak 30’ rapid-response skimmer is a high quality, shallow-water capable, near shore skimming vessel and is ideally suited for use on oil spills in waterways, bays, and harbors. The all-aluminum skimmer is 30’ – 3” long, with a beam of 8' - 0", and a draft of 2’ - 6" and is easily trailerable. Powered by twin 60-70hp outboards, the skimmer is capable of a response speed of over 17 knots, and a recovered oil capacity of 1000 gallons of recovered product. Recovery rates are up to 427 bbls/hr for groups 3&4 persistent oils. This highly specialized skimming system is adaptable to a variety of marine spill scenarios and is able to recover a very wide range of spills, from light sheens to thick weathered oils contaminated with debris.


3 Dutch Pilot Boats
(July 2010)


Kvichak Marine Industries has recently delivered three 72’ (22m) all weather fast pilot boats designed by Camarc Design Ltd., UK for the Dutch Pilotage Organization, Loodswezen. P/V Aquila, P/V Draco and P/V Orion are being shipped to Europe with delivery expected in late July. The vessels will be in full operation in the ports along the Dutch coast after crew member training.

These environmentally friendly vessels meet the stringent emission regulations set by the authorities of the Port of Rotterdam. Two, already very clean, Tier II compliant Caterpillar ACERT C32 engines power the boat, coupled to ZF 3050 marine gears driving Hamilton 651 water jets. This combination allows for excellent maneuverability and a top speed of ~28.5 knots fully loaded.

Each boat is equipped with an exhaust after treatment system; a Selective Catalytic Reduction system (SCR) and a diesel particulate filter system (DPF). The emissions reduction technology is provided Hug Engineering in Switzerland and supplied and serviced through Soottech in the Netherlands.

The SCR system injects a urea based mixture downstream of the engine exhaust outlets into the dry exhaust piping. With the aid of a catalyst the urea combines with nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions and reduces them into nitrogen gas (N2) and water (H20). The DPF collects the unburnt soot and with the addition of another catalyst takes the carbon monoxide (CO), hydrocarbons (HC), and particulate soot and converts these into carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H20). Normal running exhaust temperatures are high enough to achieve an almost complete burn of these captured soot particles. The emission performance will have a reduction of 98 percent of particulate matter and 60 percent reduction of NOx, fulfilling all new requirements by IMO and EU guidelines.

Additional vessel features include:
• Overall length – 75.1’ (22.8)
• Beam, over guard – 22.3’ (5.8m)
• Draft (RFS) – 3.6’ (1.1m)
• Fuel capacity – 1200 gallons (4700 liters)
• Pop-Safe fendering
• Rescue platform
• Seating: 3 operators & 12 pilots
• Floating & removable house


Aquila, Orion and Draco loaded on ship headed to the port of Rotterdam


NYPD RB-M C
(June 2010)


Kvichak Marine Industries, of Seattle, WA, has delivered a 44.5’ X 13.7’ Response Boat Medium – C for operation by the New York City Police Harbor Unit. This vessel is the sistership of the highly successful USCG Response Boat Medium. The NYPD Harbor Unit vessel has been customized to meet the Harbor Unit’s mission for the successful prosecution of counter terrorism, law enforcement and search and rescue. The vessel is outfitted with a forward cabin that includes a refrigerator, microwave, table and head, which will be more accommodating for longer missions.

The all-aluminum vessel is designed by Camarc Design, UK and powered by tier II compliant twin Detroit Diesel 60 series engines rated for 825 BHP each. This will be the first vessel in the police fleet with Rolls Royce Kamewa FF375S waterjets for propulsion. This combination allows for speed, maneuverability and comfort in high sea states and adverse weather conditions. The vessel will be named at a special dedication ceremony in New York City honoring an officer who was killed in the line of duty.

Additional vessel features include:
• Overall length: 44.5’
• Beam, overall: 13.7’
• Draft (RFS): 3.0’
• Fuel capacity: 495 gallons
• Top speed: >40 knots
• (2) Rescue zones
• Vector-Stick integrated control system
• SeaFLIR II system
• Kohler 9kW genset for AC power
• Deck Heat
• Furuno Navnet system
• Redundant GPS & sounders
• Climate controlled pilot house and cabin
• Heated windows


"P/V Yellow Rose"
(May 2010)


Kvichak Marine Industries, has recently delivered P/V Yellow Rose, a 77’10” x 21’7” Pilot Boat for operation by the Houston Pilots on the Houston Ship Channel – the largest landlocked port in America and deemed the world’s most difficult pilotage. The vessel is designed to operate as a pilot launch transporting pilots to and from a shore side dock and the Houston Pilot’s SWATH, and to perform pilot transfers to commercial vessels.

Since 1921, the Houston Pilots have been committed to the safety of the Houston Ship Channel and to their service to the shipping industry. The addition of the Yellow Rose demonstrates the association’s continued commitment to safety and will provide state-of-the-art transportation and accommodation to their current roster of 91 pilots.

Designed by Camarc Design, UK, the all-aluminum vessel is powered by twin Tier II Cummins QSK-38 engines rated for 1400 BHP each, which are coupled to ZF 4600 transmissions driving twin Hamilton 651 waterjets. This combination allows for excellent maneuverability and a top speed of ~29 knots when fully loaded.

Vessel Particulars:

• Overall length: 77’10”
• Beam, over guard: 21.5'
• Draft (RFS): 3.6’
• Fuel capacity: 1770 gallons
• Pop-Safe fendering
• Fresh water 50 gallons
• Rescue platform & A-frame
• Day galley & crew accommodations
• Northern Lights M55C2 55kW Genset
• Complete electronics package


"M/V Taurus"
(May 2010)


Kvichak Marine Industries and Nichols Brothers Boat Builders recently delivered M/V Taurus, their fourth high-speed, environmentally friendly ferry to the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) located in San Francisco.

WETA mandated that their new passenger ferries integrate as much green technology as possible and that emissions be 85% cleaner than the current EPA emission standards for Tier II (2007) marine engines. They started with a sleek, low wake 118’ catamaran hull, designed by Incat Crowther of Australia, to minimize shore erosion from wake and reduce fuel consumption.

The vessels are powered by a pair of Tier II compliant, MTU 16V2000, 1410 HP Diesel engines with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems from Engine, Fuel & Emissions Engineering of California. SCR, current state-of-the-art technology for diesel emissions reduction, injects urea into the exhaust before it passes through a precious-metal catalyst, converting nitrogen oxide –a toxic greenhouse gas- into harmless nitrogen and water.

Using a biodiesel/ultra-low sulfur diesel blend in conjunction with SCR, these ferries exceed Tier II requirements by more than 85% in trials and by 90-95% in actual operation.

In addition to minimal shore impact and low emissions, the passenger ferries showcase several additional green features:

• Custom exhaust systems minimize noise pollution on ship and shore
• Solar panels augment the electrical system
• Sonar system allows the captain to detect and avoid whales and debris

Taurus is joining the fleet of three vessels already delivered to San Francisco, the M/V Gemini, M/V Pisces and M/V Scorpio.

WETA is planning a celebration to welcome Taurus to the fleet. This will be held May 17th near the Jack London Square Ferry Terminal in Oakland. For more information about this celebration please visit their website www.watertransit.org

Vessel Particulars:

• Overall length – 118’ (36 m)
• Beam, overall – 28’ (8.5m)
• Draft – 6’ (1.8m)
• Fuel capacity – 2400 gallons
• Cruising speed ~26 knots
• MTU SCR After Treatment System
• 85% cleaner than 2007 EPA regulations
• Low-wake, low-wash hulls
• (2) Northern Lights 65kW Gensets
• Larger seating throughout the vessel


Rapid Response Skimmer
(May 2010)


Kvichak Marine Industries recently delivered a 30' Rapid Response Skimmer to Environmental Safety & Health (ES&H) in Houma, LA. This new skimmer will join their existing fleet of Kvichak skimmers currently involved in the oil spill clean up effort in the Gulf of Mexico.

The rapid-response, shallow-water vessel is ideally suited for use on oil spills in waterways, bays, and harbors. The all-aluminum skimmer is 30’ – 3” long, with a beam of 8' - 0", and a draft of 2’ - 6" and is easily trailerable.

Adaptable to a variety of marine spill scenarios, this highly specialized vessel works well in many recovery configurations, from free skimming through towed-boom applications, and is able to recover a very wide range of spills from light sheens to very viscous weathered oil products. The skimmer’s oil recovery system includes a KVICHAK/MARCO Cl-1 Filterbelt oil skimming module, a KVICHAK/MARCO U-040 Capsulpump offload system with 50’ hose, and a recovered oil capacity of 1000 gallons. The recovered oil tank configuration allows segregation of small volume spills to simplify post-spill decontamination. Onboard hydraulic power is supplied by an under-deck diesel HPU.


MPF
(April 2010)


Kvichak Marine Industries, Inc., of Seattle, WA, recently delivered three MPF/UB-40 utility boats for the United States Navy. Two remaining boats in the five boat order are under construction. A total of 21 vessels have already been delivered to the Navy and are in operation. The 40’ high-speed landing craft are replacing the Navy’s existing LCM-8 craft as part of the Improved Navy Lighterage System in support of pre-positioned Marine Amphibious assault missions.

The 40’ x 14’ landing craft have a loaded flank speed of ~38 knots and a lightened flank speed of ~42 knots. The propulsion package includes: twin Cummins QSM11 engines rated for 660hp at 2300 rpm, ZF 325 marine gears, and Hamilton 364 water jets.

To ensure the safety and efficiency of transporting 30 troops, their gear and / or general cargo the craft utilizes a house aft configuration and features a power bow door and high-level engine suctions for beach deployment.

Additional craft features include:
• Twin Cummins QSm-11 engines rated at 660 hp
• 6kW Northern Lights gen-set with shore power
• Integrated Furuno Navnet electronics package
• Ship board stowage cradle
• Three weapon mounts for M2 / MK19 and M60E3 weapons
• Manuals and spares packages


"M/V John A.B. Dillard, Jr."
(March 2010)


Kvichak Marine Industries recently constructed and delivered the M/V John A.B. Dillard, Jr., a Debris Removal Vessel for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) San Francisco Bay District. The USACE San Francisco Bay District has a unique mix of duties, including keeping the navigation and shipping lanes of the greater San Francisco Bay region and its lower tributaries free of floating debris deemed as hazardous to marine vessels. This mission is especially demanding based on the diverse topography and ever changing weather conditions. This vessel will allow shorter response times, increased capacity and greater range. Key to this enhanced capability is the large aft deck, pedestal mounted grapple crane and robust 15 ton deck load capacity. This allows operators to recover large heavy objects in a single “grab” rather than the hazardous and time consuming process of towing objects to base, or reducing their size while working over the side of smaller vessels.

With an 86’ 7” overall length and overall beam of 26’, the all welded aluminum catamaran is powered by twin Caterpillar C-32 ACERT engines, coupled to ZF 3050 marine gears. Additional vessel control is provided by two Wesmar V2-12E double propeller bow thrusters. The hull design is from Incat Crowther Ltd of Australia.

This vessel is capable of a multitude of missions including bottom profile surveying, submerged object identification and recovery, floating command center for emergency operations and vessel assist and emergency response

Vessel Particulars:

Length (overall) 86'7"
Beam (overall) 26'
Displacement ~87 - 95 long tons
Draft 6'
Top speed ~27.5 knots
Kinshofer Graple & Rotator
Effer 4400 3S-L Crane (max capacity ~285,000 foot/pounds)


"M/V Scorpio"
(Dec 2009)


Kvichak Marine Industries and Nichols Brothers Boat Builders recently delivered the third of four high-speed, environmentally friendly ferries to the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) located in San Francisco.

The M/V Scorpio is a 118’-0” x 28’-8” x 6’-0” high speed catamaran with a cruise speed of 25 knots at 85% of engine MCR. The all aluminum vessel has an interior seating capacity for 159 passengers and additional exterior seating for 49 passengers. The vessel will also carry 34 bicycles, which is 20% more than similar vessels in the San Francisco Bay area. Scorpio will join the fleet of two vessels delivered earlier this year, the M/V Gemini and M/V Pisces.

The vessel incorporates many environmentally friendly features, including low wake wash and shallow draft hulls to reduce the vessels impact on the shoreline and ocean bottom, and an emissions reduction system for the diesel engines.

The vessels exhaust emissions have been reduced by 85% of the current EPA Tier II requirements. This was accomplished by incorporating a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system into the diesel exhaust. The vessel will also use ultra low sulfur diesel fuel.

The vessel incorporates enhanced safety and security measures such as a CCTV system, voyage data recorder, added CEDs onboard and additional life saving apparatus that surpasses USCG T-Boat requirements.

In an effort to draw commuters off the highways, roads and bridges, the interiors of the vessels have many upgrades. In addition to multiple seating arrangements, all the seats have been enlarged to give a first class feel to entire vessel. Power outlets have been conveniently located throughout the vessel for commuters to charge portable electronics. The vessel is also outfitted with a Wi-Fi system.

Vessel Particulars:

Length 118'-0"
Beam 28'-8"
Draft 6'-0"
Cruise Speed 25 Knots
Passengers 199
Emissions 85% lower than EPA Tier II requirements


54' foil-assisted catamaran "R/V Bay Hydro II"
(Sept 2008)


Seattle, WA - Kvichak Marine Industries recently constructed and delivered the R/V Bay Hydro II, a 54' foil-assisted catamaran, to the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which will be based at NOAA's facility in Solomons, MD. The contract was awarded early last year following a competitive tender process.

NOAA will deploy the all-aluminum, 54' x 20' cat as their work platform for an ongoing, three-part mission:
  • Conduct hydrographic surveys to update nautical charts and improve navigation on the Chesapeake Bay
  • Utilize as a test platform for NOAA's charting efforts
  • Public relations and educational outreach to schools from elementary to university level
The catamaran is fitted with a 3' x 7' moon pool cut through the main deck amidships. The moon pool is closed by a sliding structural hatch in the bottom of the tunnel and a top-mounted deck grate when not in use. NOAA will mount their sonar equipment on a retractable strut that is fabricated and installed by Kvichak. Additional sonar equipment includes two hull-mounted Airmar M42 dual-frequency transducers and an Interocean survey winch for towing side-scan sonar equipment.

Obtaining a top speed of ~30 knots, the catamaran is powered by twin MTU 6062 HK31 engines rated for 740 BHP @ 2300 RPM each. The engines are coupled to ZF 360A transmissions that drive Michigan Wheel 5-blade propellers.

Additional vessel features include:  
A-Frame davit rated for 2000# 1200 gallon fuel capacity
(2) 12KW Northern Lights generators 150 gallon fresh water capacity
52,000 BTU/hr HVAC system Full galley
Survey acquisition space Crew accommodations


Columbia River Bar Pilot boat "Columbia"
(April 2008)


Kvichak Marine Industries recently completed the construction and delivery of a 72' all-aluminum pilot boat for the Columbia River Bar Pilots (CRBP) of Astoria, OR. The bright-orange Columbia, joins its bright-yellow sister ship, Chinook, which Kvichak delivered to CRBP in the spring of 2000.

Known for its extreme weather and turbulent waters, the Columbia River Bar is where the Columbia River collides with the Pacific Ocean. The resulting conditions require reliable, stable, and at times self-righting pilot boats that safely and successfully transport pilots to and from the ships, tankers and tugs that navigate across the Bar.

The continued success and reliability of the Chinook while deployed in the often treacherous waters the Bar serves up, lead CRBP to once again choose Camarc, Ltd., of the UK as the designer and Kvichak Marine as the builder for the Columbia.

Power for the 72.8' x 21.3' Columbia is provided by twin MTU 16V2000 marine diesel engines rated for 1410 BHP @ 2100 RPM and twin ZF 3050 electric shift transmissions. The engines are coupled to a pair of Hamilton 651 waterjets.

Top speed for the 60-ton pilot boat is ~30 knots; cruise speed is ~25 knots.

Garibaldi laminated, safety-glass windows wrap around the pilot house providing an unobstructed view to the Columbia's operator.

Upon completion of pilot and operator training, the Columbia will join the Chinook and enter service on the Columbia River Bar.

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