August 27th, 2015, Houston – Southwest Shipyard, L.P., have been awarded the bid to build the new 150’ long – 28 car passenger ferry for the Texas Department of Transportation Port Aransas Ferry Operations. This will be the 3rd vessel of this type in the Port Aransas Fleet following her sister ships, the CHARLES W HEALD and MICHAEL W BEHRENS. Both of those vessels were also built by Southwest Shipyard. The new vessel, yet to be named, will be delivered to Port Aransas in February of 2017.
About Southwest Shipyard, L.P. Southwest Shipyard was formed in 1954 and today owns and operates four (4) shipyards in South Texas with direct deep water access to the Gulf of Mexico. The company provides gas freeing and cleaning services, topside and major repairs, surface preparation and painting, major conversion, renovation and new construction services to the entire marine industry. Southwest Shipyard currently can handle Inland and Offshore Barges, Boats, OSVs, Ferries and Offshore tugs. Learn more about Southwest Shipyard, L.P. at www.swslp.com.