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January 6, 2015 at 2:29 PM

New ferries chief begins a management shakeup

Washington State Ferries chief Lynne Griffith told employees via e-mail Tuesday that she will reorganize the management structure and recruit new leaders — creating seven new job titles and requiring four senior staffers to re-apply for positions. Griffith was hired in September, after retiring as the chief executive of Pierce Transit, and immediately traveled on…


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November 12, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Ferry Tacoma out until summer; repair to cost at least $1.8M

The ferry Tacoma sits on Wednesday at the Eagle Harbor Maintenance Facility on Bainbridge Island, where it is being repaired. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times) The damaged state ferry Tacoma, which  stalled July 29 off Bainbridge Island due to an electrical failure, will cost at least $1.8 million to fix and will…


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November 6, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Coast Guard rescues boater in distress off Anacortes

Ferry traffic out of Anacortes is delayed after the Coast Guard was called to help a sailboat in distress. Coast Guard Petty Officer Katelyn Shearer said they were called to help a boater who was struggling to sail his vessel in the high winds and nasty weather off of Anacortes. The 16-foot vessel was “beset by weather,” she said. “They were…


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October 3, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Man dies after driving car off Southworth ferry dock

  Officials at the Southworth ferry dock on Friday evening. (Courtesy Y. Morrill) Ferry service to Southworth in Kitsap County was halted shortly after 6 p.m. Friday after a man drove past the ticket terminals, down a long drive, through a barricade and off the dock. Witnesses told police the man, who was driving a newer Ford…


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September 10, 2014 at 8:42 AM

State names Pierce Transit leader as new ferries chief

Lynne Griffith (Photo courtesy of Pierce Transit) 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…


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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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