Skagit County, Glosten Seek Proposals for Electric Ferry

Skagit County (Wash.) Public Works and naval architecture and marine engineering services company Glosten are looking for applicants interested in offering their expertise in electric systems integration for the creation of a new all-electric ferry that will replace the 40-year-old diesel-powered m/v Guemes.

“Complete integration between the ship and shore electronics is essential for a successful

construction project and reliable ferry,” Skagit County Public Works Ferry Operations Division Manager Rachel Rowe explained. “Selecting a single electrical systems integrator during contract design will ensure that the county can effectively balance cost and performance for these critical systems even though equipment purchases will be split across multiple competitive bids.”

When completed, the new ferry will be a “double-ended vehicle and passenger ferry with a three-tiered deckhouse” and designed to accommodate “four lanes of vehicles including highway-rated trucks and emergency vehicles.”

Interested applicants must submit by 4 p.m. on Sept. 16. For more information, visit

By Pacific Maritime