Washington State Ferries http://kplu.org en Washington State Ferries Director Resigns http://kplu.org/post/washington-state-ferries-director-resigns <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After six years on the job, the head of Washington State Ferries says he will step down on April 15.</span></p><p>David Moseley made his announcement Tuesday. His resignation comes as the nation’s largest ferry system continues to encounter choppy seas.</p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:55:32 +0000 Austin Jenkins 15000 at http://kplu.org Washington State Ferries Director Resigns State Ferry System Sets Course to Convert to Cheaper LNG Fuel http://kplu.org/post/state-ferry-system-sets-course-convert-cheaper-lng-fuel <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The nation's biggest ferry system is setting a course to convert some of its fleet from diesel to natural gas propulsion. This month, Washington State Ferries formally asked the U.S. Coast Guard to review the proposed changeover. The latest move is another example of fleet operators in the Northwest taking a hard look at cheaper fuel.</span></p><p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 00:47:21 +0000 Tom Banse 11288 at http://kplu.org State Ferry System Sets Course to Convert to Cheaper LNG Fuel Rebuilding Plan for Seattle's Aging Colman Ferry Dock http://kplu.org/post/rebuilding-plan-seattles-aging-colman-ferry-dock <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The makeover of Seattle's downtown waterfront is picking up steam as the seawall replacement, the viaduct removal, and other major projects gear up for action. Into this mix will come another ambitious renovation—a near-total rebuild of the Washington State Ferries' flagship terminal, the historic </span>Colman<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Dock.</span></p><p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Liam Moriarty 10099 at http://kplu.org Rebuilding Plan for Seattle's Aging Colman Ferry Dock Ferry Captain and Second Mate Placed on Leave after Collision http://kplu.org/post/ferry-captain-and-second-mate-placed-leave-after-collision <p>Washington State Ferries has relieved a captain and a second mate of their duties following an accident in the San Juan Islands. Last Friday, a large ferry collided with a sailboat, sinking that much smaller craft.</p><p>A spokeswoman for the state ferry system says the captain and second mate of the ferry Hyak have been placed on paid administrative leave.</p><p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 01:56:12 +0000 Tom Banse 10028 at http://kplu.org Ferry Captain and Second Mate Placed on Leave after Collision State lawmakers looking at cost of Washington ferries http://kplu.org/post/state-lawmakers-looking-cost-washington-ferries <p>State lawmakers may reconsider the law that requires new ferries to be built in Washington.</p><p>An audit suggested ferries could be built cheaper at shipyards out of state.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/VjMRm3" target="_blank">The Daily Herald reports</a>&nbsp;the audit is the subject of a legislative hearing Wednesday in Olympia. The audit cost $1.2 million and took a year to complete.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 19:20:09 +0000 The Associated Press 7618 at http://kplu.org State lawmakers looking at cost of Washington ferries Coast Guard says add crew to Washington ferries http://kplu.org/post/coast-guard-says-add-crew-washington-ferries <p>EVERETT, Wash. — Washington State Ferries chief David Mosely says the agency will have to hire nine to 12 employees to comply with a Coast Guard order to increase staffing for safety.</p><p>The Coast Guard sent a letter to the state Friday ordering revised staffing by the end of November.</p><p>Mosely told The Daily Herald (http://is.gd/pOfWVY) he's not sure how much the revised staffing will cost, but it's more than the ferry system has in its budget.</p> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 16:28:48 +0000 The Associated Press 6890 at http://kplu.org Smoke evacuates Seattle water taxi http://kplu.org/post/smoke-evacuates-seattle-water-taxi <p></p><p>Smoke from the engine room forced the Seattle water taxi to return to its dock at West Seattle.</p><p>Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore says it had a large response before 8 a.m. Friday because of the reported boat fire.</p><p> Fri, 10 Aug 2012 16:03:41 +0000 The Associated Press 5948 at http://kplu.org Kingston reconsiders Seattle foot ferry; fares for all rise in May http://kplu.org/post/kingston-reconsiders-seattle-foot-ferry-fares-all-rise-may <p>KINGSTON, Wash. &mdash; The Kingston-Seattle foot ferry has attracted far fewer passengers than the Port of Kingston expected when the service started in October 2010, and it&#39;s future is in doubt.</p><p> Mon, 23 Apr 2012 18:10:29 +0000 The Associated Press 4825 at http://kplu.org Kingston reconsiders Seattle foot ferry; fares for all rise in May Contract signed for new Washington state ferry http://kplu.org/post/contract-signed-new-washington-state-ferry <p>The Washington state Ferries Division signed a contract Tuesday with Vigor Industrial for a 144-car ferry to be built at the US Fab shipyard, formerly the Todd shipyard, in Seattle.</p><p> Tue, 01 Nov 2011 19:45:15 +0000 The Associated Press 3059 at http://kplu.org Dog handler plays high profile role in post 9/11 Northwest http://kplu.org/post/dog-handler-plays-high-profile-role-post-911-northwest <p>Reflections from someone who plays one of the more visible security roles in the post-9/11 Northwest:</p><p>&quot;My name is Sgt. Kerry Kintzley. I&#39;m a Sergeant with the Washington State Patrol. I work at the Washington State ferry system screening vehicles prior to their boarding. Sissy ... is a four-year-old Lab Vizsla mix trained to detect explosives.</p><p> Fri, 02 Sep 2011 16:39:36 +0000 Austin Jenkins 2521 at http://kplu.org Dog handler plays high profile role in post 9/11 Northwest New ferry Salish may sail Friday http://kplu.org/post/new-ferry-salish-may-sail-friday <p>Washington State Ferries hopes to put its newest 64-car vessel, the Salish, into service on Friday.</p><p>Spokeswoman Marta Coursey said a problem discovered Monday with a backup generator threatened to delay plans to put the boat to work on the busy Fourth of July weekend, but they&rsquo;re working on it.</p><p> Tue, 28 Jun 2011 20:47:10 +0000 The Associated Press 1968 at http://kplu.org New ferry Salish may sail Friday The Salish begins sea trials http://kplu.org/post/salish-begins-sea-trials <p>You may see a new Washington State Ferry on Puget Sound waters this week. The <em>Salish</em>&nbsp;is being put through its sea trials. The vessel, built by Todd Pacific Shipyards in Seattle, is expected to begin service this summer on the Port Townsend-Coupeville route. The run has gone without full two-boat service since 2007.</p><p> Wed, 13 Apr 2011 20:23:33 +0000 Dave Meyer 1202 at http://kplu.org The Salish begins sea trials House transportation budget proposes leaner service cuts, smaller rate hikes for ferry riders http://kplu.org/post/house-transportation-budget-proposes-leaner-service-cuts-smaller-rate-hikes-ferry-riders <p>House lawmakers have released their proposed 2011-2013 transportation budget, and it includes less service cuts and a smaller rate hike to Washington&#39;s ferry system than Gov. Chris Gregoire&#39;s earlier bid.</p><p>The<a href="http://www.leg.wa.gov/house/committees/tr/Pages/default.aspx"> House proposal cuts </a>ferry services by $3.1 million, compared to Gregoire&#39;s $20 million reduction in her December budget. Gregoire also had proposed a rate hike of 10%. The House proposal puts it at 7.5% in 2011 and 2.5% in 2012.</p><p> Mon, 21 Mar 2011 20:22:04 +0000 The Associated Press 1040 at http://kplu.org House transportation budget proposes leaner service cuts, smaller rate hikes for ferry riders State passenger ferries sold and leaving for Tanzania http://kplu.org/post/state-passenger-ferries-sold-and-leaving-tanzania <p>Two of the state&#39;s passenger-only ferries, the Skagit and the Kalama, have been sold to Scope Community Consultants of Coquitlam, B.C., for $400,000. The boats have been tied up at the dock since the state ended passenger-only service in 2009. Their new owner is loading them onto a cargo ship and sending them to Tanzania, where they&#39;ll ferry passengers between the mainland and the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zanzibar">Zanzibar archipelago</a>.</p> Sat, 19 Feb 2011 02:51:30 +0000 Dave Meyer 835 at http://kplu.org State passenger ferries sold and leaving for Tanzania Friday morning's headlines http://kplu.org/post/friday-mornings-headlines-6 <p>Here's what's making headlines around the Northwest this morning:</p><ul><li><strong>Angry Crowd at Seattle Police Accountability Forum</strong></li><li><strong>&nbsp;Investigation of John T. Williams shooting Deemed Fair </strong></li><li><strong>Legislature Nixes Governor's Plan for Regional Ferry Authority</strong></li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p><b>Anger, outbursts at forum on Seattle Police conduct</b></p><p>A Seattle police accountability forum at City Hall <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-forum-police-conduct-draws-anger-demands-change">turned into a shouting match at times</a>, and some demanded the resignation of Police Chief John Diaz.&nbsp;</p><p>KOMO&nbsp;News reports the <a href="http://www.komonews.com/news/local/115254454.html">goal of the Thursday night meeting was to restore trust</a> between police and minorities.</p><p> Fri, 04 Feb 2011 15:17:09 +0000 KPLU News Staff 710 at http://kplu.org