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Derecktor Wins AMHS

Fast Ferry Deal

Derecktor Shipyards has emerged vic- torious in the battle to build a pair of high speed ferries for the Alaska Marine

Highway Systems.

Late last month, Paul Derecktor,

Alaska Governor Tony Knowles, State

Department of Transportation Commis- sioner Joe Perkins and several Alaska

State Officials attended the signing of the contract at the Alaska State Capitol in Juneau.

Derecktor Shipyards teamed with

Nigel Gee and Associates (NGA) Ltd. of

Southampton, England and will use one of their original designs, developed expressly for the Alaska project.

The new boats are designed to be safe, high-speed RoRo passenger ferries that minimize costs and can interface with existing AMHS docks and pier side facilities. The vessels will be designed to carry 250 passengers on the main deck

Serenade of the Seas To Be

Delivered in Autumn 2003

The first 66 blocks of the 90,090-gt new cruise vessel Serenade of the

Seas being built for Royal Caribbean, were lifted into position in the cov- ered building dock at Meyer Werft

Shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.

Flanked by the yard's board member,

Bernard Meyer, project manager

Jarmo Lassko and RCCL's senior vice president Marine Operations

Harri Kulovaara, the ceremonial "lucky coin" was laid before the first block of the new vessel was lowered down onto the keel blocks by the yard's 600-ton crane.

Like its sister ships Radiance and

Brilliance of the Seas, the 961-ft. (293-m) Serenade will be fitted with two podded podded drives. The pro- pellers will be directly driven by elec- tric motors installed in a pod under the ship's hull.

Two environmentally friendly and smokeless gas turbines will provide the vessel with electric power for propulsion.

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This project, funded by the Federal

Government will allow the State of

Alaska to link Sitka to Juneau with fast modern boats, capable of a comfortable one-day round trip, and improve service to communities in Prince William

Sound. The first vessel is scheduled to enter service between Juno and Sitka at the beginning of 2004, while the second vessel should follow a year later. "These ferries will improve transporta- tion in coastal Alaska and will help the

Alaska Marine Highway System improve its bottom line," DOT Commis- sioner Perkins said. "This is the begin- ning of a whole new era in marine trans- portation in Alaska."

The Alaska Marine Highway System has been operating year-round since 1963, with regularly scheduled passen- ger and vehicle service to 32 communi- ties in Alaska. It carries over 300,000 passengers every year.

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