SEATTLE (AP) — Puget Sound ferry vacationers can anticipate summer time delays as a result of final month’s hearth aboard the ferry Wenatchee has pressured the state to make use of smaller vessels than regular on a number of routes.
The Seattle Instances reports the Washington State Ferries is working 18 vessels as an alternative of the standard summer time fleet of 19 boats.
Apart from a lowered variety of ferries, state officers say crew shortages and quarantines associated to COVID-19 additional restrict capability, simply as peak journey season begins. Decrease-capacity schedules take impact Thursday night time.
The jumbo ferry Wenatchee stays docked at Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge Island following the April 22 hearth.
That blaze occurred within the diesel engines throughout a take a look at cruise, following an engine rebuild. It’s being investigated by Washington State Ferries, the U.S. Coast Guard and Nationwide Transportation Security Board.
The Wenatchee, one of many state’s three largest ferries, is perhaps idle 4 to 6 months although managers don’t have a time or price estimate but.
With that boat docked, the state loses capability for 202 vehicles and 1,791 passengers. (The present Coast Guard license, which presumes 15 crew members educated in evacuations, doesn’t enable the boat’s full capability of two,500 individuals.)
For now, the Seattle-Bainbridge route will function with the 202-car Tacoma, paired with the smaller 188-car Walla Walla or 144-vehicle Kaleetan. The Seattle-Bremerton route will embrace the slower 64-vehicle Salish, and lose one early-afternoon spherical journey, till a minimum of June 27.