Crab pot catches ferry Featured

Assistant Secretary, WSDOT/Ferries Division Amy Scarton sent out the weekly Washington State Ferries Update. We've copied it here as it explains the problems faced by WSF  last week. 

Salish's propulsion shaft damaged by polypropylene crab pot. WSF photo

It was a difficult week here at WSF, as we had several boats out of service and in need of repairs. I know this was frustrating for our customers, and I appreciate your patience and understanding while we were faced with several unfortunate events. I am also incredibly proud of our staff and crew who worked so hard to get the Yakima back into service to restore the San Juan Islands to full service after the Samish suffered a failed propulsion coupling earlier this week and to determine the cause of the issues with the Salish on the Port Townsend/Coupeville route.

On Tuesday, the Salish suffered a rudder steering failure as it was approaching the Coupeville terminal. It was immediately pulled out of service. During an underwater inspection we discovered that the vessel’s propulsion shaft had been damaged by a polypropylene crab pot line entanglement. The repairs must be done in a drydock, which means the Salish will be out of service at least through the end of August.

We understand the impact one-boat service has on the Port Townsend/Coupeville route, especially this weekend with Hood Canal Bridge work and the Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival. There are only a few ferries in our fleet that can navigate Keystone Harbor in Coupeville. Therefore, we will move the Chetzemoka from the Point Defiance/Tahlequah route up to Port Townsend/Coupeville. The Sealth will move from the north end of Vashon Island down to Point Defiance/Tahlequah.

The adjustments will return the Port Townsend/Coupeville route to its normal schedule and place the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route on a two-boat weekend schedule this weekend, Aug. 12-13. Customers with existing reservations for Port Townsend/Coupeville this weekend will be able to make their scheduled sailings.

1 comment

  • Billie Jean Hirko Sunday, 13 August 2017 08:26 Comment Link

    There is so much water out there, it seems those putting out their crab pots would/should be more considerate of navigation routes. The ferry routes are clearly marked. For us boaters it is a hazard also. Please be mindful when setting them out.


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