ARRA Funding contributed to the
construction and commissioning of two Ferry boats.
March 2014 - June 2014
- On July 3, 2014, the day before the St. John
Festival parades in Cruz Bay the ferries were put into service
October 2013 - February 2014.
of the two boats began with Coast Guard inspection & certification
exercises on the Cruz Bay I following which the Red Hook I was expected to
docking "cleaning & preparation for service" occurred in Late June
after which the Ferries were ready to be put into service.
August 2012 - December 2012
of DPW and its Operators/Contractors went to Louisiana for testing the ferries'
took delivery of the two ferries, when they arrived in the Virgin Islands.
were the final Coast Guard inspections, which were expected to take one month,
following which in February, the vessels would be made available to the USVI
Government and the franchises.
- A contractor was selected for this
project and documents were processed.
- During August the Contractor
notified DPW that they were approximately 40%
complete with the construction of the hulls for both vessels. Parts for beams
and bridge structure were being assemble.
- In September the contractor was
notified by the manufacturer of the Generators (2 for each vessel) that they were
ready for shipping.
- The contractor requested that DPW select
the color scheme for the interior and the exterior of the vessel for placement
of an order since there was a significant supply and delivery time-frame for
order of seating and interior trim.
- At the end of September the Contractor
was 25% complete overall with the construction of the vessels where the port
transverse frames for both hulls were at the time being assembled.
- The contractor received propellers,
shafts, steering system and struts for both vessels.
- In October the contractor was approximately
30% complete with the construction of the vessels while the Aluminum sheeting for
both hulls was approximately 90% complete at the end of that month.
- Engines and Generators were
delivered about 1 week later than expected during November, however the project kept pace with its schedule.
- A meeting for Selection of Flooring was
coordinated with DPW and Franchise operators to determine what flooring would be
best for long term maintenance (Carpet, Laminate or a combination of the 2;
carpet under the seats and laminate in the aisles and walkways).
- A Seating sample was selected by DPW
for order placement. Because there were long lead times needed for
delivery of seats for the vessels, it was critical to select the material as
early as possible to stay on schedule.
- Samples of approved selections of carpet,
and flooring material were delivered following meetings about Hull paint colors,
seating, functional accessories, carpet and its color selection.
- Meetings were timed and conducted
sufficiently in advance, to accommodate possible delays, long delivery lead
times and ensure an on time project schedule.
- The Contractor was ahead of schedule
with the construction of the vessels, however in November Engines, Generators
and Drive components were received Slightly later (1 week) than scheduled but the
project continued to keep pace with its
- Hulls were completed in November, the vessels were flipped over and Aluminum work began on the decks for both