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VT Halter Marine Announces New Jamestown Ferry Vessel Contract Awarded By Virginia Department of Transportation


Photo of M/V Pocahontas, designed and constructed by VT Halter Marine and operated by the Virginia Department of Transportations
Courtesy of VT Halter Marine, Inc.

Pascagoula, Miss., December 20, 2016 – VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that it has received a contract in the amount of about US$16.5m from the Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Transportation (VDOT) for the Design, Construction and Delivery of a new 499-passenger/70-vehicles Jamestown Ferry. 

The new ferry will replace the current aging ferry, The Virginian.  Measuring 270ft x 65ft x 15ft, it will be capable of carrying up to 70 passenger vehicles, or 14 trucks/buses and accommodating up to 499 passengers with a 150 passenger located in the Passenger Cabin on the Upper Deck.

The ferry will be designed and certified to ABS Rules for Building and Classing Steel Vessels for Service on Rivers and Intracoastal Waterways, US 46 CFR, Subchapter H, Passenger Vessels. The vessel will also be designed to meet the accessibility requirements of Proposed Accessibility Guidelines for Passenger Vessels, United States Access Board.

The ferry will be operated by the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry Operations Service, which provides a critical transportation link between Virginia and North Carolina operating at the James City County at Glasshouse Point and Surry County at Scotland Wharf.  The Jamestown-Scotland Ferry System currently operates four ferry boats, including the Pocahontas Ferry, which was also designed and constructed by VT Halter Marine’s, Moss Point Marine shipyard and delivered in 1995.  VT Halter Marine’s shipyards have designed, constructed and delivered more ferry and passenger vessels than almost any other U.S. shipyard, for the states of Virginia, New York, Texas, Louisiana, North Carolina, Alaska, California, Washington, and the territory of Puerto Rico.

In addition to the VDOT, the construction will be overseen by Alion Science and Technology (Alion), who is designated as the VDOT’s On-Site Representative throughout the vessel construction. Construction of the ferry is expected to be completed in April 2018.

“VT Halter Marine is honored to be selected by the Virginia Department of Transportation to design, construct and deliver our second quality built vessel,” said Paul Albert, Chief Executive Officer, VT Halter Marine. “We value the trust that the VDOT has invested in our shipbuilding capabilities, and this new contract is an indication of our continuing strong relationship.” 

VT Halter Marine, the marine operations of VT Systems, is based in Pascagoula, Mississippi and is a leader in the design and construction of medium-sized ships in the United States. VT Halter Marine designs, builds and repairs a wide variety of ocean-going vessels such as patrol vessels, oil recovery vessels, oil cargo vessels, ferries, logistic support vessels, auxiliaries, research and survey vessels.  Please visit

VT Systems is an engineering company providing integrated solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. VT Systems’ innovative solutions, products and services include aircraft maintenance, repair and modification; software solutions in training and simulation; satellite-based IP communications technology; network solutions that integrate data, voice and video; rugged computers and computer peripheral equipment; specialized truck bodies and trailers; weapons and munitions systems; road construction equipment; and ship design and shipbuilding. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems operates globally and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering. Please visit

Media contacts:    

Merdith Foster
Manager, Business Development
VT Halter Marine
Phone:    (1) 228 696 6888
Fax:        (1) 228 696 6899

Kimberly Miles
Manager, Corporate Communications
VT Systems
Phone:    (1) 703.739.2610 
Fax:        (1)703.739.2611

Tamara Rollison or 
Phone:    (1)  804-786-2715, 804-335-5758

Marshall Herman,
Phone:    (1)  804-692-2134, 804-652-9689
Virginia Department of Transportation