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AK Shipyard Plans Layoffs

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

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A shipyard in Ketchikan, Alaska, will layoff between 50 and 80 workers in the fourth quarter of this year as a major ferry project winds down and the facility faces a shortage of new work.

Vigor Industrial's Ketchikan shipyard, with two drydocks and a 130,000-square-foot fabrication shop, will let the workers go between October and December, according to reports. Employees at the facility have been working since 2014 on two new "Alaska class" day ferries for the Alaska Marine Highway System, a project set to be complete early next year with a $101 million price tag.

The first of the two ferries, the Tazlina, began sea trials in July and was christened earlier this month. The Tazlina and its counterpart, the Hubbard, are reportedly the largest ferries ever built in the state.

A Vigor representative told the Associated Press workers may find work at once of the company's other facilities: Vigor operates at locations in Portland and Clackamas, Oregon, as well as Seattle, Tacoma, Vancouver and Port Angeles, Washington. 

In addition to shipbuilding and repair, Vigor offers industrial fabrication, specialty coating and other industrial services. 

   

Tagged categories: Jobs; Layoffs; NA; Newbuilding (marine); North America; Program/Project Management; Ships and vessels; Shipyards

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