Posted March 23, 2010

Updated April 1, 2010


On Friday, March 26, 2010, the Board of Directors of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District’s (District) authorized a contract for Refurbishment of the M.V. Napa and the M.V. Chinook Ferries, as follows:

  1. Authorize the award of Contract No. 2010-FT-1 to Ice Floe, LLC, dba Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, in the amount of $6,910,536, for the refurbishment and repowering of the M.V. Napa and the M.V. Chinook;
  2. Authorize a contract contingency budget of $414,632 or 6% of the total contract amount, to cover unanticipated items that may be discovered once work commences, and authorize payment of up to $200,000 for reimbursement of vessel delivery costs consistent with the Invitation for Bid (IFB), and potential sales tax estimated at approximately $200,000; and,
  3. Authorize the General Manager to approve change orders to Contract No. 2010-FT-1, up to the maximum of the available contract contingency, with the understanding that any individual change order exceeding $100,000 requires the concurrence of the President of the Board and the Building and Operating Committee Chair.

Four bids were received. The lowest bid was received from Ice Floe, LLC, dba Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB), Freeland, WA in the amount of $6,910,536 which was $3,063,649 lower than the next lowest bid from Dakota Creek Industries, Anacortes, WA. The lowest bid was determined by District staff to be both responsible and responsive to the IFB requirements.

The contract includes refurbishment and repower (new engines) of the two vessels, using engines, other propulsion-system components, and furnishings already purchased separately by the District. The first vessel, the M.V. Chinook, will be delivered by NBBB to their shipyard as soon after the award of the contract as weather will permit. Work on the M.V. Napa will commence when work on the first vessel is complete. The contract is estimated to take approximately six months per vessel and a little over a year in total.

The District purchased two vessels, the M.V. Chinook and the M.V. Snohomish (now M.V. Napa), from Washington State Ferries in January 2009. The engines purchased for these two vessels will have emissions that are 20% cleaner than the Tier 2 marine engine required to be installed. Additionally, the District, in partnership with MTU/Detroit Diesel will be conducting a bio-diesel pilot project that is still under development and the cost is not included in this contract award request. In addition to new propulsion systems, the interiors and exteriors of the vessels will be fully refurbished to like-new condition.


The project budget $23,410,000 and is funded with $8,566,469 ARRA (economic stimulus) funds, $9,920,000 Federal Transit Administration funds, $2,116,322 State I-Bond funds, and $2,807,209 District funds (37% ARRA/42% FTA/9% State/12% District). This budget includes not only the shipyard installation contract, which is the subject of this item but the purchase of the vessels which was completed last year, procurement of the professional services and all costs necessary to complete the refurbishment of both vessels.


Golden Gate Ferry Division – Capital Projects - Updated March 23, 2010

1)  Nov. 2006 to July 2007 Spaulding vessel M.S. Marin underwent a complete refurbishment including new seating, paint, deck covering, carpeting, ceilings and wall paneling, lighting, PA system, restrooms, refreshment stand, security cameras, windows, bicycle racks, modern handicap lift, and generator and electrical systems. M.S Marin entered service on Sausalito-San Francisco route in July 2007. $7.8 million, 80% Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funds and 20% District funds.
2)  March 28, 2008 to July 16, 2008 M.S. Mendocino repower (new engines) contract awarded to Bay Ship & Yacht Co., Alameda, CA.
March 31, 2008 to July 15, 2008, M.S. Mendocino underwent annual dry docking inspection and was repowered with four MTU 12V4000M60 EPA Tier II marine diesel engines.
On July 16, 2008, the vessel returned to service to the Larkspur-San Francisco Route.
$3.3 million with 62% FTA funds and 38% Air District Carl Moyer funds.
3)  January 16, 2009 M.V. Chinook and M.V. Snohomish (now M.V. Napa) purchased from Washington State Ferries. Budget to purchase two vessels and refurbish them: $23.4 million; $4.4 million for vessel purchase and $19 million for refurbishment of both vessels. This will be funded with $8,566,469 Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds (37%), $9,920,000 FTA funds (42%), $2,116,322 State I-Bond funds (9%) and $2,807,209 District funds (12%). An additional $100,000 was spent on the procurement of one of new vessel s and funded with 68% FTA funds and 32% District funds.
4)  May 11, 2009 M.V. Snohomish (now M.V. Napa) arrived in Larkspur and placed into service on the Larkspur-San Francisco route in place of the M.V. Del Norte. Cost approx. $450,000 for minor refurbishment prior to delivery to Larkspur; Cost is part of the larger refurbishment project noted directly above under item #3.
5)  May 27, 2009 M.V. Del Norte taken out of service, see #8 below.  
6)  May 28, 2009 M.V. Snohomish (now M.V. Napa) entered service on Larkspur-San Francisco route.  
7)  June 10, 2009 M.V. Snohomish renamed M.V. Napa  
8)  September 25, 2009 to May 2010 Contract awarded to Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) for the M.V. Del Norte to be repowered with four new engines Tier 2, 12V4000M60, and have new main drive line components and new waterjets installed. Budget: $5.8 million with $3.2 million in Air District Carl Moyer funds (72%) and $2.6 million in FTA funds (28%).
9)  September 25, 2009 to February 2012 Contract awarded to Moffatt & Nichol to develop conceptual designs, conduct environmental studies and engineering services for modifications and improvements to the Larkspur, San Francisco, and Sausalito ferry facilities. Project includes design of new passenger loading systems to improve the accessibility of passenger loading and disembarking. Budget: $7.9 million - $6. 3 million FTA (80%) and $1.6 million District (20%).
10)  Dec. 18, 2009 to summer 2010 Contract awarded to River View Construction to construct two new fully accessible restrooms, replace two existing concrete ramps, and install automatic double sliding doors and powered swinging doors in the waiting area of the Larkspur Ferry Terminal. Budget: $680,000, 100% grant funded with Public Transportation Modernization, Improvement and Service Enhancement Account funds from State I-Bond program.
11)  March 25, 2010 to early 2011 Contract award anticipated for M.V. Chinook and M.V Napa refurbishment to NBBB. The M.V. Chinook will be refurbished first and work on the M.V. Napa will commence when work on the first vessel is complete. Contract is estimated to take approximately six months per vessel and a little over a year in total. Budget: see # 3 above
12)  July 2010, work planned to begin M.V. Mendocino will be taken out of service when the M.V. Del Norte repower is complete (approx. May 2010). The M.V. Mendocino will get new generators and a “mini” interior refurbishment. Budget: $1 million with $800,000 FTA funds (80%), $200,000 GGBHTD funds (20%)
13)  November 2011 M.S. San Francisco is planned to be refurbished and repowered. Budget estimated at $10 million.
14)  November 2012 M.S. Marin is planned to be repowered. Budget estimated at $3.5 million.