Thank you

Posted: Wednesday, April 14, 2004

... from the shipyard

On behalf of the crew and builders of the first fast vehicle ferry in Alaska, the M/V Fairweather, I would like to thank the community of Juneau for the welcome we received at Auke Bay on Saturday, March 27. The outpouring of support was overwhelming. We were just happy to be at our destination after the long, uneventful 8,500-mile journey from our shipyard in Bridgeport, Conn. It was the first trip into Alaska for many of our crew, and to be greeted by the cheering crowds with eagles flying overhead was a vision that will not be forgotten.

We are very proud of the workmanship and technology that went into the construction of this new day boat. The Fairweather is the first in a series of fast ferries that will be operating in Southeast and Prince William Sound. Similar fast ferries are now operating on more than 60 routes around the world. These vessels are involved in successful maritime operations, and people and businesses depend upon them daily because of their flexibility in cargo loading and maneuverability in restricted waterways. Fast ferries will get you to your destination in half the time. They are economical to operate on appropriate runs and, most important, people enjoy the vessels and want to ride them.

I hope you all have the chance to experience the speed and comfort that fast vehicle ferry transportation provides. Our thanks also go to the State of Alaska and the Alaska Marine Highway System for their vision in building the Fairweather as a part of a multimodal transportation plan. Derecktor Shipyards is pleased to be a partner with Alaskans as you move toward a new efficient and effective transportation system for your state.

Paul Derecktor, President

Derecktor Shipyards

Bridgeport, Conn.

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