November 3, 2003

New England Fast Ferry orders Crowther design cats

New England Fast Ferry Company of Massachusetts LLC has reportedly entered into final agreements with Derecktor Shipyard Conn LLC to construct two 149 passenger, 95-foot aluminum catamaran ferries for operation between Martha's Vineyard and New Bedford. The ferries are designed by Australia's Crowther Design

Construction on the first vessel began Sept. 29 and the vessel is due for delivery at the end of May 2004.It will start service on the Martha's Vineyard route on or before July 1.

The first vessel is being constructed at Derecktor's, Bridgeport, Conn., facility, with elements of the vessel being built by prime subcontractor, Kvichak Marine Industries Inc. of Seattle, Wash.

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