Ferry failure causes lingering delays Thursday

Ferry passenger Van Badzik chronicled the rescue of the WSF Tacoma

Ferry passenger Van Badzik chronicled the rescue of the WSF Tacoma

EDMONDS — During the peak commute this morning passengers were forced to wait for several minutes as one boat simply wasn’t enough to shuttle people between Kingston and Edmonds.

Crews say sailings were filling up well in advance causing delays for drivers.

Two of the largest capacity boats in the ferry fleet are still in need of repairs. The Wenatchee and the Tacoma have both been pulled from service. The state has shifted resources to accommodate for the loss.

The Seattle-Bainbridge route is still operating with two, smaller boats this morning. Travelers saw delays this morning making their way from Bainbridge to Seattle.

The wait times were longer in Edmonds where commuters had to wait over an hour. Just one ship is sailing between Edmonds and Kingston. Travelers from Kingston to Edmonds also were caught in lopng lines waiting for sailings.

Brett C. July 31, 20148:44 AM
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FROM WSDOT this morning: Drivers can anticipate long wait times as the Edmonds/Kingston route continues to operate on one-boat service. On Thursday morning, July 31, the following sailings are scheduled to depart Kingston: 4:55 a.m., 6:25 a.m., 7:55 a.m., 9:40 a.m., 11:15 a.m.

Edmonds departures are 5:35 a.m., 7:10 a.m., 8:50 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:05 p.m. Updates will be provided as information is made available.

Brett C. July 31, 20147:11 AM

From The Kitsap Sun — The ferry Tacoma, which went dead in the water Tuesday afternoon en route from Seattle to Bainbridge Island, won’t be returning anytime soon.

MORE HERE: http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/local-news/ferry-tacoma-out-for-the-long-haul_59147973

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Tyler Slauson July 30, 20144:04 PM
Tyler Slauson July 30, 20143:58 PM

From WSDOT:

The 4:45 p.m. departure out of Edmonds is full and the terminal is now staging for the 6:15 p.m. departure to Kingston. Drivers can anticipate long wait times as the Edmonds/Kingston route continues to operate on one-boat service. For the one-boat sailing schedule, go here: One-Boat Schedule and read times marked with a “1”. Updates will be provided as information is made available.

Travis Mayfield July 30, 20143:51 PM

From WSDOT:

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 03:20 PM

Muk/Clin: Update- Tokitae out of service, 7/30
The route is currently operating at one-boat capacity due to necessary repairs on the Tokitae. The Kittitas is currently loading for the 3:00 p.m. departure out of Mukilteo. Updates will be provided when information is made available. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Travis Mayfield July 30, 20143:50 PM

From WSDOT:

The 4:00 p.m. departure out of Kingston is full and the terminal is now staging for the 5:30 p.m. departure to Edmonds.  Drivers can anticipate long wait times as the Edmonds/Kingston route continues to operate on one-boat service.  Updates will be provided as information is made available.

Travis Mayfield July 30, 20142:50 PM

From WSDOT:

The 2:30 p.m. departure out of Kingston is full and the terminal is now staging for the 4:00 p.m. departure to Edmonds. Drivers can anticipate long wait times as the Edmonds/Kingston route continues to operate on one-boat service. For the one-boat sailing schedule, go here: One-Boat Schedule and read times marked with a “1”. Updates will be provided as information is made available.

Brett C. July 30, 20142:37 PM

FROM WSDOT —
Due to necessary repairs, the Tokitae is temporarily out of service. This will cancel the 2:00 p.m. departure from Clinton and the 2:30 p.m. departure from Mukilteo. Updates will be provided when information is made available. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Tyler Slauson July 30, 20142:30 PM
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Brett C. July 30, 201411:37 AM

From WSDOT:  

What we’re doing now

·        
We’ve got engineers on scene investigating why
the Tacoma lost power yesterday afternoon.

·        
We’re still in the very early stages of
investigation; however we are looking at the switchboard that controls the
ship’s propulsion.

·        
For safety reasons, we must disconnect all of
the electrical components in the vessel’s engine control room before
investigation crews can properly diagnose exactly why the Tacoma lost power.

·        
We hope to have an answer sometime next week.

 

Which schedules are affected?

·        
We’ve restored 2-boat service on the
Seattle-Bainbridge route.

·        
The Edmonds-Kingston route will operate on a
single-boat schedule until the Wenatchee returns to service later this week.
The Wenatchee is currently undergoing repairs in a drydock facility in
Vancouver, B.C.

 

What can customers do?

·        
Know before you go.

o   Check
the terminal
conditions online
(http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/vesselwatch/Terminals.aspx)
before you head out.

o   Check
our ferry
alerts website
(http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/schedule/bulletin.aspx)
 for notifications of further delays.

o   Customers
who have signed
up for auto ferry alerts
will receive information via email, text and
Twitter (@WSFerries).

o   If
you have not already signed up for ferry alerts online, now is a good time to
do so from the Ferries
website
. (https://secure1.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/account/index.cfm?type=Alerts)

·        
Pack your patience.

o   Expect
longer than usual wait times at Edmonds-Kingston.

Travis Mayfield July 30, 201411:21 AM
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Brett C. July 30, 201410:28 AM

The 10:30 a.m. departure of Edmonds is full and the terminal is staging for 12 p.m. 

Drivers should anticipate long wait times. For the one-boat sailing schedule, go here: http://www.wsdot.com/ferries/schedule/ScheduleDetailByRoute.aspx?route=ed-king. Updates provided as made available. 

 

Brett C. July 30, 20149:55 AM
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Check out the latest on the Bainbridge to Seattle wait times –http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/vesselwatch/TerminalDetail.aspx?terminalid=3

Brett C. July 30, 20149:51 AM

For more on the latest ferry wait times — click here: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/vesselwatch/terminals.aspx 

Brett C. July 30, 20149:50 AM

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 04:34 AM

Ed/King – One Boat Service – Wednesday 7/30
The Edmonds/Kingston route will be on a one boat schedule for Wednesday, July 30. The Spokane will provide service on this route. Morning sailings from Kingston: 4:55a.m., 6:25 a.m., 7:55 a.m., 9:40 a.m.,11:15 a.m., 12:50 p.m. Morning sailings from Edmonds: 5:35 a.m., 7:10 a.m., 8:50 a.m.,10:30 a.m.,12:05 p.m. Updates will occur throughout the day.

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