Golden Gate's High Speed Ferry at Bay Ship & Yacht for USCG Inspection & Repairs
The Golden Gate Ferry’s high-speed, 450-passenger ferry, the Motor Vessel (MV) Mendocino, is in dry-dock at Bay Ship & Yacht’s Alameda shipyard for its periodic U.S. Coast Guard inspection. While in dry-dock, the vessel will also undergo minor repairs. The aluminum catamaran ferry was designed by International Catamaran in Australia and built by Nichols Brothers in Washington in 2001. It is Golden Gate Ferry’s second high-speed catamaran operating on San Francisco Bay, and capable of speeds up to 36 knots provided by four water-jets.
James C. Eddie, representing Mendocino County on the Board of Directors of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District Board, commented, “as one of the original northern California counties responsible for securing the funds needed to build the Golden Gate Bridge, we are particularly proud to have one of the fastest ferries on the Bay named after our beautiful county.”
Bill Elliott, general manager of Bay Ship & Yacht, pointed out that, “We provide service to all of the ferries operating on San Francisco Bay, including the new ferries of the Water Emergency Transportation Authority. Our skilled technicians are specialists in the repair and maintenance of high-speed aluminum ferries.”