The state ferry Tacoma, which stalled July 29 near Bainbridge Island due to an electrical failure, will be out of service until at least December, Washington State Ferries announced Friday.
The 460-foot, Jumbo Mark II-class vessel, built in 1997, was going to be in drydock anyway in late 2014, so the electrical repairs will overlap with other maintenance. Siemens Marine Solutions has sent engineers to examine the Tacoma at Eagle Harbor, Bainbridge Island.
From the system’s online newsletter:
This week, we received an initial update on the Tacoma repair plan from Siemens Marine Solutions. The report says a fuse blew in the vessel’s propulsion control system without indication to the operating engineers, triggering a chain of events that led to the power failure. We continue to review the cause of the incident. A Board of Inquiry, WSF’s highest level of investigation, convened this week and expects to complete their work once the vessel repair is complete. Preliminary findings show the Tacoma will be out of service until at least December 2014.