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3/29/2012--Seattle, WA, USA<br />
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The first arc welds on the keel of Washington’s new 144-car ferry were made today by the leaders of the state Legislature transportation committees, Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen of Camano Island and Rep. Judy Clibborn of Mercer Island.<br />
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Here Chris Morgan, VP of US Fab, starts the ceremony.<br />
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The keel laying, the maritime equivalent of placing a cornerstone, is a traditional milestone in ship building. Haugen and Clibborn marked the formal start of construction for a new class of ferries designed to carry up to 144 cars and 1,500 passengers across the waters of Puget Sound.<br />
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Work on this first vessel will produce an estimated 200 family-wage jobs at US Fab, plus 350 additional jobs at subcontractors and other shipyards in the region.<br />
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WSF estimates the new 144-car ferry will start service in early 2014. Cost of construction is $115 million, and the total cost of the vessel is $147 million, which includes owner-furnished equipment, construction management and contingencies.<br />
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Photograph by Stuart Isett/Vigor