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November 11, 2009

Nichols Bros adds to work force

Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, Whidbey Island, Wash., has added about 10 new employees in the past month, and the yard is full of partially built vessels, says new CEO John Collins.

The South Whidbey Record reports that the shipbuilder is "hard at work on a number of vessels, including a new 64-car state ferry for the Keystone-Port Townsend route."

"Nichols Brothers is building the ferry's superstructure, which it currently is attaching in Freeland to the center portion built by Todd," says the newspaper. "When that part of the job is completed, the combined sections will be transported to Todd for attachment to the hull.

Nichols will make a similar contribution to the two further 64-car ferries contracted from Todd by WSF last month.

The newpaper reports that Nichols Brothers is also building another $10 million heavy tugboat for a San Francisco buyer. The company, along with Kivchak Marine Industries is building a fourth 116-foot catamaran ferry for San Francisco's Water Emergency Marine Authority and is building a small ferry for another California buyer.

The newspaper reports Collins as saying that the company is "aggressively" bidding on a number of other tug, barge and ferry projects and that the management team has been restructured to make it more efficient.

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