- Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) - The company building two new Alaska ferries will conduct a ceremonial laying of the keels next weekend.

The Ketchikan Daily News (https://bit.ly/1yI7U2Y) reports Vigor Alaska has scheduled the event for Saturday afternoon at the Ketchikan Shipyard.

Vigor Alaska in September received a four-year, $101.5 million contract for two 280-foot Alaska Marine Highway ferries. Each will seat up to 300 passengers and carry up to 53 standard-size vehicles.

Shipyard spokesman Doug Ward says additional workers are being hired. He says ship repair has a work load that peaks in winter but that ship building provides stability.

He says ship-building could put the business “in a good place” for trying to secure future state and commercial contracts.

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Information from: Ketchikan (Alaska) Daily News, https://www.ketchikandailynews.com

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