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September 10, 2014 at 8:42 AM

State names Pierce Transit leader as new ferries chief

The Washington State Department of Transportation has named Lynne Griffith, CEO of Pierce Transit, to lead the state ferries system. Griffith begins her new role at Washington State Ferries in October, said a news release this morning from Lynn Peterson, state transportation secretary. Griffith takes the helm amid a squall of problems, such as boat breakdowns…

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September 1, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Small fuel spill disrupts Edmonds-Kingston ferry

A fuel spill of less than 15 gallons halted the Edmonds-Kingston ferries for six hours Monday morning, because officials feared boat movement would churn the diesel. Fuel was being transferred between tanks in the ferry Walla Walla, docked at Kingston, when the crew discovered the spill. The Coast Guard received a report of the spill at about…

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August 22, 2014 at 5:20 PM

State ferry Tacoma to be sidelined until at least December

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…

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August 22, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Bremerton ferry to make extra round trip for Seahawks fans

A Seattle-Bremerton ferry will make an extra round trip Friday evening to accommodate heavy foot traffic because of the Seahawks game. The 1,200 passenger Sealth will depart Bremerton at 10:15 p.m. and Seattle at 11:30 p.m., according to Washington State Ferries. Passengers should expect heavier-than-normal foot traffic on ferries from Bremerton and Bainbridge Island on Friday…

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August 16, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Mechanical problem delays Vashon ferry service

The Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth ferry service was reduced to a two-boat schedule until further notice Saturday afternoon after a third vessel on that route experienced mechanical problems, according to Washington State Ferries. Drivers departing Vashon Island were told to expect delays of up to an hour because of the vessel shortage. There was no immediate word on how…

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August 8, 2014 at 2:51 PM

State ferry Tacoma will need prolonged repairs

Ten days after the M/V Tacoma stalled off Bainbridge Island, ferry managers haven’t yet received a detailed plan to fix its electrical problems. “The damage is a little more extensive than we thought,” said Capt. George Capacci, interim director of Washington State Ferries. Specialists from Siemens Global, which made the damaged components, are still inspecting the boat and may…

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August 6, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Abandoned bike prompts search of ferry in Seattle

A ferry from Seattle to Bremerton was delayed this morning after someone abandoned a bicycle. A lime-green BMX bike was found on a routine sweep of the ferry Cathlamet after the 8:45 a.m. trip from Bremerton to Seattle. Fearing the owner may have jumped or fallen overboard, crew members searched the ferry, which delayed the 10…

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August 4, 2014 at 9:30 AM

State ferry Elwha returning to work with 11:55 a.m. run

UPDATE, 11:46 a.m.:  The Elwha is back in service with the 11:55 a.m. Anacortes to Friday Harbor run, according to the Washington State Ferries website. Necessary repairs have been completed on the Elwha, according to the site. UPDATE, 10:42 a.m.: The 9:35 a.m. sailing to Lopez Island and the 10:45 trip from Lopez Island to Anacortes…

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August 1, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Washington ferries getting back on schedule

The Associated Press SEATTLE — Washington State Ferries says the Wenatchee has had a leak repaired at a Vancouver, B.C., dry dock and is returning to service Friday. The Wenatchee should return to the Edmonds-Kingston route by midday, allowing the Chelan to return to the route through the San Juan Islands. That will allow service to resume…

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