Washington State Ferries

Business
5:05 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Ferry Cancellation Coincides WIth Anacortes Arts Festival, Worrying Businesses

compdude787 Flickr

With four vessels out of service, users of Washington state’s ferry system are coping with disruptions all around Puget Sound. In Anacortes, the international ferry to Sidney, British Columbia is canceled through Friday, and business leaders in Anacortes say they’re concerned that hotels could be hurt on the town’s busiest weekend of the year.  

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Boat Woes
10:57 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Washington Ferries To Be Back To Normal Saturday

The Washington state ferry boat "Cathlamet" sails with Mount Rainier in the background, Wednesday, July 16, 2014, near Seattle.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Washington State Ferries hopes to restore service to normal on Saturday on Puget Sound.

Capt. George Capacci says that will be made possible by the return of the ferry Wenatchee, which has been in drydock in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Transportation
1:55 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Washington State Ferries Director Resigns

David Moseley
WSDOT

After six years on the job, the head of Washington State Ferries says he will step down on April 15.

David Moseley made his announcement Tuesday. His resignation comes as the nation’s largest ferry system continues to encounter choppy seas.

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Fuel economy
4:47 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

State Ferry System Sets Course to Convert to Cheaper LNG Fuel

Schematic showing LNG fuel tank retrofit atop a Washington state ferry.
Washington State Ferries

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.

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ferry dock renovation
5:01 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Rebuilding Plan for Seattle's Aging Colman Ferry Dock

Colman Dock
Washington State Department of Transportation

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 Colman Dock.

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washington state ferries
6:56 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Ferry Captain and Second Mate Placed on Leave after Collision

The MV Hyak in Upright Channel, in between Lopez Island and Shaw Island.
Compdude123 Wikimedia Commons

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.

A spokeswoman for the state ferry system says the captain and second mate of the ferry Hyak have been placed on paid administrative leave.

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Transportation
11:20 am
Wed January 23, 2013

State lawmakers looking at cost of Washington ferries

WSDOT

State lawmakers may reconsider the law that requires new ferries to be built in Washington.

An audit suggested ferries could be built cheaper at shipyards out of state.

The Daily Herald reports the audit is the subject of a legislative hearing Wednesday in Olympia. The audit cost $1.2 million and took a year to complete.

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Ferry safety
9:28 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Coast Guard says add crew to Washington ferries

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.

The Coast Guard sent a letter to the state Friday ordering revised staffing by the end of November.

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.

Washington ferries
9:03 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Smoke evacuates Seattle water taxi

Smoke from the engine room forced the Seattle water taxi to return to its dock at West Seattle.

Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore says it had a large response before 8 a.m. Friday because of the reported boat fire.

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Transportation
11:10 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Kingston reconsiders Seattle foot ferry; fares for all rise in May

Washington State Ferries is implementing an across-the-board, three-percent fare increase.
WSDOT

KINGSTON, Wash. — 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's future is in doubt.

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Washington State Ferries
12:45 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

Contract signed for new Washington state ferry

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.

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9/11 Anniversary
9:39 am
Fri September 2, 2011

Dog handler plays high profile role in post 9/11 Northwest

Sgt. Kerry Kintzley and his dog Sissy check cars for explosives prior to a ferry departure from Seattle's Coleman Dock
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Reflections from someone who plays one of the more visible security roles in the post-9/11 Northwest:

"My name is Sgt. Kerry Kintzley. I'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.

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Washington State Ferries
1:47 pm
Tue June 28, 2011

New ferry Salish may sail Friday

The state's newest ferry, the Salish, may sail on Friday.
WSDOT

Washington State Ferries hopes to put its newest 64-car vessel, the Salish, into service on Friday.

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’re working on it.

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Transportation
1:23 pm
Wed April 13, 2011

The Salish begins sea trials

State Senate Transportation committee chair Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, D-Camano Island, christens the MV Salish at Todd Shipyards on Jan. 4, 2011.
WSDOT

You may see a new Washington State Ferry on Puget Sound waters this week. The Salish 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.

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Washington State Legislature
1:22 pm
Mon March 21, 2011

House transportation budget proposes leaner service cuts, smaller rate hikes for ferry riders

House lawmakers have released their proposed 2011-2013 transportation budget, and it includes less service cuts and a smaller rate hike to Washington's ferry system than Gov. Chris Gregoire's earlier bid.

The House proposal cuts ferry services by $3.1 million, compared to Gregoire'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.

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