BP oil spill brings big order to Seattle boat builder

by Tim Flanagan on June 30, 2010

Kvichak Marine Industries in Ballard is working overtime to fill orders for shallow-water skimmer boats that are used in cleaning up the BP oil spill. Jason Bacaj has the story in the Seattle Times:

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[DEAN RUTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES]

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has created a critical need for boats that can aid the cleanup. It’s brought a rush of new orders to Kvichak Marine Industries, which is building 30-foot skimmers that can operate in 15 feet of water or less.

The impact of the nation’s worst oil spill has stretched from the Gulf of Mexico to the shores of Puget Sound, creating a small boom for one local company.

To combat the oil that continues to gush out of the uncapped well on the Gulf floor, additional shallow-water skimmer boats are being ordered from Kvichak Marine Industries.

Two skimmers are already on their way to the Gulf. Seattle-based Kvichak has orders for 28 more boats, in a deal that may be worth about $10 million.

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