AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Maine shipyard has won a contract to build a 250-passenger vessel for the state ferry service.

The Maine Department of Transportation is awarding the $8.8 million contract to East Boothbay boat builder Washburn & Doughty. Officials say the company was one of five bidders — and the only Maine shipbuilder — to submit a proposal.

Katie Doughty Maddox, vice president of sales and marketing, said the company is proud to have Maine workers building the 154-foot ferry.

It will be the first new ship built for the Maine Ferry Service in five years, and will l have a capacity of 23 cars and trucks, as well as 250 passengers.

The Maine State Ferry Service serves the island communities of Vinalhaven, North Haven, Islesboro, Swans Island, Frenchboro and Matinicus.