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Shipyard to Get Sole-Source Coating Job

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

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Washington State Ferries intends to award a sole-source contract to Seattle-based Vigor Marine LLC to drydock and repair the Jumbo Class ferry MV Spokane.

The project is scheduled to be awarded Nov. 13.

The vessel, whose name means children of the sun, or sun people, was constructed in 1972 and had its maiden voyage in 1973. It can carry up to 2,000 passengers and 188 vehicles along its current route from Edmonds to Kingston across Puget Sound.

 The vessel, whose name means children of the sun, or sun people, can carry up to 2,000 passengers and 188 vehicles along its current route across Puget Sound.

The vessel, whose name means children of the sun, or sun people, can carry up to 2,000 passengers and 188 vehicles along its current route across Puget Sound.

Washington State Ferries opted for a sole-source contract because of the shipyard's proximity and capability to handle a vessel of that size. Under Washington law, WSF may bid for single-source vessel drydockings "when there is clearly and legitimately only one available bidder" to perform the work "for a specific class or classes of vessels."

Vigor Marine is the largest shipyard in the Seattle area.


The amount of the contract was not disclosed.


Scope of Work

The contract calls for cleaning and recoating various interior and exterior surfaces of the 440-foot-long, 87-foot-beam ferry vessel, including 5,000 square feet of hull surfaces.

The steel will be pressure-washed (3,500-5,000 psi) to SSPC-SP 12 and spot-abrasive blast-cleaned to SSPC-SP 6 (Commercial finish). About 3,000 square feet of hull surfaces will be coated with antifouling and the remaining 2,000 square feet with an acrylic epoxy finish.

The project also includes coating 2,000 square feet of deck surfaces, including vehicle decking, curtain plate, bulkhead and overhead areas. The decking will be pressure-washed, spot-power tool-cleaned to bare metal (SSPC-SP 11), and coated with a zinc-epoxy-urethane system.

DH and Coating Work

The contract also requires dehumidification for abrasive blast-cleaning to a Near White finish (SSPC-SP 10) and lining two 10,000-gallon sewage tanks, as well as for pressure-washing and coating bilge surfaces with an epoxy system.

Non-skid coating will be applied to 300 square feet of promenade deck surfaces, and to curb and access ramp surfaces.

 Portland-based Vigor Industrial LLC bought the Todd Pacific Shipyards in 2011 for $130 million.

 Vigor Industrial

Portland-based Vigor Industrial LLC bought the Todd Pacific Shipyards in 2011 for $130 million.

The project includes additional coating work and miscellaneous repairs. Repairs must be completed between Dec. 17 and Jan. 11.

About the Contractor

The shipyard, still locally known by its longtime name of Todd Pacific, was founded in 1916 as the William H. Todd Corp. through the merger of Robins Drydock and Repair Co. of Erie Basin, Brooklyn, NY; the Tietjen and Long Drydock Co. of Hoboken, NJ; and the Seattle Construction and Drydock Co.

The shipyard has performed building and maintenance work for the U.S. and Royal Austrian Navies, and the U.S. Coast Guard. The facility is also the birthplace of the Mark Twain, a sternwheeler vessel that is now an attraction at Disneyland.

In February 2011, Vigor Marine's parent company, Portland-based Vigor Industrial LLC, bought the shipyard for $130 million.

About the Owner

Washington State Ferries operates the largest ferry fleet in the United States, with 22 vessels that carry more than 22 million people and 10 million vehicles annually via 10 routes and 20 terminals. The system serves eight counties Washington State and the Canadian province of British Columbia.

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Comment from jesse chasteen, (10/24/2012, 12:07 PM)

Pretty tough to achieve SP-12 with 3000 to 5000 PSI, I think you mean SP-1 prior to SSPC SP-6??

Comment from Brian Churray, (10/24/2012, 4:05 PM)

Thanks for pointing this out Jesse. If you'd like to take a look at WSF's specifications for the job, you can access them here: . It's worth pointing out that SP 12 was revised earlier this year to address varying degrees of surface cleanliness. You can read an overview of the changes here:

Comment from matthew duncan, (10/25/2012, 9:32 AM)

I haven't seen the recent revisions to SP-12, but it refers to water jetting. If the Contract Documents require the removal of loose material or 66% clean (WJ-4 or WJ-3 respectively)then 3k psi to 5k psi may suffice. If the Ship Owner/Designer wants 95% to 100% clean (WJ-2 to WJ-1 respectively)they will need to "crank it up". It is all important to correctly and clearly specify in the Contract Documents what is needed/required to avoid confusion and increased costs.

Comment from jesse chasteen, (10/26/2012, 11:59 AM)

Brian thanks for the lead to the links. I am sure they elude to SSPC 12 and wish to achieve SC-1 prior to abrasive blast. Took a look at WSF site and it lends itself to be a bit vague. I hácek performed work on their vessels and anyone that ever has knows the benefits from accepting vague.

Comment from Donald L Crusan, (10/29/2012, 7:36 AM)

Where will the line between cleaning and metal deteriation happen. Since I also do a tremendous amount of work in the Metal Fabrication area, I would say 3k to 5k is stretching it for steel of this era, not to mention work hardening itself.

Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (10/30/2012, 8:44 AM)

3k to 5k PSI water shouldn't be causing any metal deterioration. Are you thinking 30k to 50k PSI?

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