Getting ready to begin their 42nd year of service in the San Juans in 2018, San Juan Ferry & Barge has just added a new vessel, the Nordland II to their fleet.
Kirk Moore with www.WorkBoat.com has the full story below and you can also check out SJ Ferry & Barge’s Facebook Page to see photos of the old Nordland and photos of this new one under construction and conducting sea trials.
Here’s the story by Kirk Moore:
Salish Sea islanders in Washington state have a new ride for their vehicles and heavy equipment deliveries, with the arrival of the landing craft ferry Nordland II. The ferry was built for San Juan Ferry & Barge in Friday Harbor, Wash., on San Juan Island.
The 86’x25’ vessel delivered last week by Latitude Marine Services LLC, La Connor, Wash., features a 75’x23’ cargo deck open at the stern for cargo overhang. A high pilothouse offset to starboard gives Capt. Marty Starr excellent all-around visibility.
Both those features help the Nordland II deliver big cargo with nimble grace in tight quarters. (Continue reading)