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Vigor seeks marine oriented firms for Washington State Ferries

Vigor is engaged in design and engineering for Washington State Ferries to allow future Olympic Class ferries to be built as hybrid-electric vessels.  Vigor will subsequently build up to five Hybrid-Electric Olympic Class ferries over the next eight years.  To accomplish design and construction of these vessels, we have a need for multiple trades and professional firms certified by one of the following methods:

  1. Washington State SBE (Small Business Enterprise) or DBE (Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) certified by Washington State OWMBE (Office of Minority & Women’s Business Enterprises).
  2. Washington State SBE self-certification from the Department of Enterprise Services

We welcome partnering with firms/trades that are marine oriented or are otherwise able to perform the work required.   Please note that all certified SBE and DBE firms for this program must also be “in-state” businesses, which is defined, pursuant to RCW 39.26.010, as businesses having their principal office located in Washington.  

Vigor would also be interested in seeing larger marine-oriented firms committed to engaging SBEs/DBEs anywhere in Washington as their own value-added partners and/or protégés. Any such commitment on the part of a larger business would be viewed as a significant differentiating criterion in a competitive solicitation as this would increase the available base of small businesses serving the marine industry.

To learn more about becoming certified as an SBE or DBE under an OMWBE certification, please visit the OWMBE Certification website at:


To learn more about becoming self-certified as an SBE under a DES WEBS certification, please visit the DES Vendor Registration website at:


To view a list of subcontracting opportunities on this project and to learn how to contact Vigor directly about such opportunities, please visit Vigor’s website at:


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