Golden Gate Ferry Capital Improvements, 2006 to Present

Updated July 2011


TIMELINE: 2006 to Present

ACTIVITY
COST and FUNDING
November 2006 to July 2007 Spaulding vessel M.S. Marin underwent a complete refurbishment. The M.S. Marin returned to service on the Sausalito-San Francisco route in July 2007. $7.8 million budget with 80% Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funds and 20% District funds.
May 24, 2007

New storage and inspection building was constructed at the Larkspur Ferry Terminal from July 18, 2007, into 2008.

Grant funding through the Transit Security Grant Program of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
March 28, 2008 to July 16, 2008 On December 14, 2007, a contract was awarded to Valley Power Systems North, Inc. for the purchase of four new MTU 12V4000M60 EPA Tier II marine diesel engines for the M.V. Mendocino. The contract for the installation of the new engines (repower) was awarded to Bay Ship & Yacht Co., Alameda, CA. From March 31 through July 15, 2008, the M.V. Mendocino underwent annual dry docking inspection and the new engines were installed. On July 16, 2008, the M.V. Mendocino returned to service on the Larkspur-San Francisco route.
$3.3 million budget with 62% FTA funds and 38% Air District Carl Moyer funds.
January 16, 2009 M.V. Chinook and M.V. Snohomish  purchased from Washington State Ferry.

Budget for purchase of two vessels and refurbish: $23.4 million ($4.4 million for vessel purchase and $19 million for refurbishment). Funded with $8,566,469 in Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds (37%), $9,920,000 in FTA funds (42%), $2,116,322 in State I-Bond funds (9%), and $2,807,209 in District funds (12%). The total project budget was increased by $725,000 from FTA grant funds to $24.4 million in April 2011. The FTA total funding share increased to 44% or $10,645,000.

May 11, 2009 M.V. Napa delivered in Larkspur. $450,000 was allocated for minor refurbishment prior to delivery to Larkspur; cost is part of the larger refurbishment project noted directly above.
May 27, 2009 M.V. Del Norte was taken out of service.  
May 28, 2009 M.V. Napa entered into service on Larkspur/San Francisco route.  
June 10, 2009 M.V. Snohomish renamed M.V. Napa.  
September 25, 2009 Contract awarded to Ice Floe, LLC (dba Nichols Brothers Boat Builders) for M.V. Del Norte to get four new engines (Tier 2, 12V4000M60), new main drive line components and new waterjets installed. Budget: $6.4 million - $3.2 million in Air District Carl Moyer funds (50%), $3 million in FTA funds (46%), $0.3 million in District funds (4%).
September 25, 2009 Contract was awarded to Moffatt & Nichol to develop conceptual designs, conduct environmental studies and engineering services for modifications and improvements to the Larkspur, San Francisco, and Sausalito ferry facilities. Project includes design of new passenger loading systems to improve the accessibility of passenger loading and disembarking. This project continues into 2012. Budget: $7.9 million with $6. 3 million in FTA funds (80%) and $1.6 million in District funds (20%).
March 25, 2010 Contract was awarded to Ice Floe, LLC, (dba Nichols Brothers Boat Builders) for M.V. Golden Gate and M.V Napa refurbishment. Budget: noted above.
June 20, 2010 M.V. Del Norte delivered back to Larkspur with new engines, etc. installed.  
August 16, 2010 M.V. Mendocino to dry dock; returned to service September 9, 2010.  
October 8, 2010 M.V. Del Norte returned to service after necessary repairs were made to the waterjet system that were discovered when the vessel was returned from Ice Floe in Washington to Larkspur.  
October 8 to November 1, 2010 M.V. Mendocino was taken out of service for regularly scheduled main engine preventative maintenance. Included in FY 2010/2011 operating budget.
March 29, 2011 M.V. Golden Gate was delivered to LFT from Washington after undergoing a total refurbishment Budge: noted above.
March 30, 2011 M.V. Napa taken out of service and delivered to Washington for refurbishment. In January 2012, this vessel is due to return to Larkspur and undergo sea trials prior to entering into service on the Larkspur/San Francisco route. Budge: noted above.
May 15, 2011 M.V. Mendocino was taken out of service and delivered to Bay Ship & Yacht for new generators  
May 16, 2011 M.V. Golden Gate entered into service on Larkspur/San Francisco route  
June 20, 2011 M.V. Mendocino was delivered back on June 16 and entered into service  
2012 M.S. San Francisco is planned to be refurbished and repowered (new engines). Budget estimated at $10 million.
2012 M.S. Marin is planned to be repowered (new engines). Budget estimated at $3.5 million.

 

Additional Historical Information on GGF's Fleet

 

DATE ACTIVITY
August 15, 1970 Golden Gate Ferry's original M.V. Golden Gate was placed into service on Sausalito-San Francisco route.
1976 and 1977 Three high-capacity Spaulding class vessels were placed into service on the Larkspur-San Francisco route as follows: M.S. Marin on 12/13/76; M.S. Sonoma on 3/7/77; and the M.S. San Francisco on 9/12/77.
September 8, 1998 M.V. Del Norte, Golden Gate Ferry's first high-speed catamaran, was placed into service on the Larkspur-San Francisco route.
September 10, 2001 M.V. Mendocino was placed into service on Larkspur-San Francisco route.
2001-2002 All three Spaulding vessels were repowered with new engines.
December 2002 to December 2003 M.V. Mendocino was taken out of service for warranty work at no cost to the GGBHTD.
March 26, 2004
Golden Gate Ferry's original M.V. Golden Gate was retired from the fleet.
October 27, 2006 M.S. Marin (Spaulding Class vessel) was refurbished under contract awarded to Bay Ship & Yacht Co. in Alameda, CA.