JANUARY 20, 2015—Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, Freeland, WA, has selected Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG), Seattle, to provide the design and production engineering for the construction of a new freight and passenger vessel for American Samoa.
"We are very happy to be working with EBDG again on another landing craft project," says Nichols Brothers CEO Gavin Higgins. Last year, Nichols Brothers Boat Builders contracted EBDG to complete the production engineering for the 150-foot-long landing craft, which the yard delivered late last year. The vessel is operated by Bowhead Transport in Alaska.
"We're excited about this new project and to be working with (Nichols Brothers) once again," says Mike Complita, EBDG's Vice President of Shipyard Services. "We look forward to making this job a successful one."
The proposed vessel, which is a 140 ft landing craft, has a beam of 38 ft, depth of 13 ft, and accommodates up to eight crew members overnight. The boat is one of a small number available to transport local residents between the Samoan islands. Until recently, most of those vessels served the immediate community. The new landing craft, which will carry a total of 149 passengers, will also be available for tourists.
The design of the vessel is in accordance with ABS Rules for Building and Classing Steel Vessels of 90m or less for the structural design, and meets US Coast Guard (USCG) requirements per 46 CFR Subchapter T or I.