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Riding on a Hot Rod Ferry

May 7th, 2008 by ed friedrich

I’ll be traveling to a forum on passenger-only ferries Thursday in Seattle aboard a brand-new 70-passenger boat that goes 55 mph. It was built at All American Marine in Bellingham for the Tennessee Aquarium. The company will be building a similar but bigger boat for Kitsap Transit pretty soon, and could eventually an 80- to 100-seat one for a Kingston-Seattle route.
The forum sounds like it’ll have some new wrinkles, like pairing passenger-only ferries with Puget Sound cleanup, and trying to come up with a common funding source for a whole network of Puget Sound passenger ferries. Twelve different guys will be speaking, including Bremerton mayor Cary Bozeman and Mike Bookey of the Port of Kingston.
After that they’ll be taking a jaunt on the boat, complete with wine and cheese, but I have to pass it up to grab the big Bremerton boat and come back and write. Look for the story.

2 Responses to “Riding on a Hot Rod Ferry”

  1. areyoulistening Says:

    “pairing passenger-only ferries with Puget Sound cleanup”

    Oh PLEASE!! Guess now the Puget Sound Partnership money will be going to the POF…

    Ed, Please listen carefully to what is said and ask questions. Hope you can write something more the commercial they will be trying to pitch to you.

  2. Sharon O'Hara Says:

    …”…After that they’ll be taking a jaunt on the boat, complete with wine and cheese, but I have to pass it up…”…

    Gee, maybe some of the interested Kitsap Sun bloggers could attend in your place, Ed.

    Having fast passenger boats running between our towns and cities and heavily relying on outstanding transit service and park & ride lots seems to be only a matter of time.

    Which is worse for our Puget Sound waters…using a few fast passenger boats for efficient transport or making more cars, building more highways sending more traffic caused run off into our groundwaters and waterways?
    The air pollutants from such vehicle emissions, the health hazards are another side of the coin.

    As I understand it, Northern Norway uses fast Catamaran ferries causing few, if any, environmental problems. What are they doing right?

    Sharon O’Hara