Nichols Bros. Wins $8-Million Contract To Build Six Ferries

Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, Freeland, Wash., was recently awarded an $8-million contract to build six 72-foot catamaran ferries over the next two years for the Port of Puerto Rico.

Each catamaran ferry, based on designs by International Catamaran Designs Ltd. Pty. of Australia, will be built to seat 167 passengers. The ferries will be operated on a 5-mile route across the Bahia de San Juan and adjacent waterways between "old" San Juan and the newer metropolitan section of the city.

With service speeds of about 20 knots, each catamaran will be powered by 12V71 Detroit Diesel engines developing 465 hp at 1,800 rpm. These engines will drive propellers through 3:1 reduction gears.

Under the contract, which is the largest ever received by the Whidbey Island, Wash., yard, Nichols Brothers will deliver two ferries in October 1989, two in January 1990, and two in June 1990.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 16,  Nov 1988

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