MT. VERNON, WA, May 07, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ — Skagit County Public Works and vessel designer Glosten are seeking technical information and cost estimates from vendors to inform design decisions related to the electrical system, the propulsion system, the shore side electrical system, and the automated charging plug of the all-electric ferry design to replace the M/V Guemes.
“This is relatively new propulsion technology – we need to make sure we get this right. We believe this level of engagement with the vendor community will allow us and Glosten to develop the best design for our community,” said Captain Rachel Rowe, Skagit County Public Works Ferry Operations Division Manager.
Skagit County Public Works engaged naval architecture firm Glosten in 2017 to develop an all-electric ferry design to replace the Guemes, a 40-year old diesel-powered vessel. The new vessel will be a double-ended vehicle and passenger ferry with a three-tiered deckhouse. The design accommodates four lanes of vehicles including highway-rated trucks and emergency vehicles.