Navy Responsibilities Cause Clipper to Cancel Island RouteJune 9th, 2009 by ed friedrich
Clipper Navigation officials were in Olympia today to ask the state Utilities and Transportation Commission to discontinue their Seattle-San Juan passenger ferry route for a year.
The boat that normally runs the route, the Victoria
Clipper III, is being used to ferry USS Abraham Lincoln sailors
from their base in Everett to Bremerton’s Puget Sound Naval
Shipyard, where the aircraft carrier is being worked
Clipper says it doesn’t have any other boats that would be adequate for the route — large and fast with outdoor viewing. It hopes to resume the service in 2010.
The UTC will decide whether
to temporarily discontinue Clippers’ permit to operate the route,
cancel the permit permanently or ask the business to voluntarily
relinquish it so another vendor can use it.