Building the Next Generation of Washington State Ferries
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About the Program
Vigor is engaged in design and engineering for Washington State Ferries to allow future Olympic Class ferries to be built as hybrid-electric. Vigor will subsequently build up to five Hybrid-Electric Olympic Class ferries over the next eight years. WSF has slated construction of the first of these new vessels to begin in late 2021 and it is expected to enter service in early 2024. This program is part of WSF's 2040 Long-Range plan and the central part of their effort to address climate change.
A Cleaner Ride
According to WSF, the ferry system is the state's largest consumer of diesel fuel, using over 18 million gallons annually. This also makes the system the state's largest emitter of carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions. Under the leadership of Governor Jay Inslee, WSF released a fleet electrification plan that would significantly reduce these emissions by building and retrofitting hybrid-electric Olympic Class and other ferries to move the more than 25 million annual passengers across Puget Sound and out to the San Juan Islands.
Find more information about the program here.