The San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) Board of Directors on Thursday awarded a $13 million contract to Mavrik Marine Inc. to build a new high-speed ferry to enhance the San Francisco Bay Ferry service.
The vessel, expected to be in service by 2020, will be the eighth added to WETA’s fleet since 2017. Three new 400-passenger ferries have entered San Francisco Bay Ferry service since April 2017, with one more on track for early 2019. Three new high-speed 445-passenger ferries are also under construction, with the first expected to begin service in early 2019.
The contract awarded on Thursday calls for a new 300-passenger high-speed ferry. This vessel will be used to aid WETA’s efforts to expand San Francisco Bay Ferry service to new terminals and to support existing and enhanced service on existing routes. The ferry, which will also have capacity for at least 35 bicycles, will be a versatile addition to the fleet as service expands to the city of Richmond in January 2019 as well the Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco and Seaplane Lagoon in Alameda within a few years. WETA also plans to increase service frequency on existing routes serving Vallejo, the East Bay and South San Francisco.